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The Wait

The Wait

Piero Messina

Italy, France | 2015 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 100’

"An elegant melodrama of maternal grief with overtones of horror."
A. O. Scott - The New York Times

festivals & awards

Competition, Venice International Film Festival 2015 / Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola, Signis Award Special Mention


Jeanne (Lou de Laâge) travels from France to Sicily to reunite with her beloved Giuseppe. But upon arriving, Jeanne finds Giuseppe mysteriously absent. She is welcomed instead by his mother Anna (Juliette Binoche), who does not regard Jeanne’s unexpected visit as a pleasant surprise. Worried, Jeanne makes numerous desperate calls to Giuseppe that go unanswered. Her uncertainty is compounded by Anna’s mercurial moods and oddly affected disengagement about Giuseppe’s absence. Slowly, Jeanne and Anna find in each other a meaningful camaraderie while waiting for the truth about Giuseppe to surface.


The Wait
original title





Italy, France

running time


produced by

Indigo Film - Italy

in co-production with

Barbary Films - France
Pathé - France

directed by

Piero Messina

written by

Piero Messina, Giacomo Bendotti, Ilaria Macchia, Andrea Paolo Massara


Pathé International

A mother unexpectedly meets her son's fiancée at a villa in Sicily and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive.
TFL Programmes

Script&Pitch 2013

Piero Messina

Scriptwriter, Film Director