The Waiting City
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A couple eager to adopt a child find their relationship might not last long enough for them to get their new daughter in this drama from writer and director Claire McCarthy. Fiona (Radha Mitchell) and Ben (Joel Edgerton) are a couple from Australia -- she's a successful, self-starting lawyer while he's a relaxed, easy-going musician. Fiona and Ben want to adopt a child, and have traveled to India for what they imagine will be a quick and simple process. However, once they arrive in Calcutta they learn that little happens quickly in India, and for all the promises that has been made,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director Claire McCarthy] wrings true emotion out of simple moments that audiences will recognise."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"India is the best character in a touching if convoluted story."
‑ Simon Jones, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Cue the parade of local colour -- women in saris, decaying buildings, sunsets over the Ganges -- and the inevitable transcendental experience."
‑ Nick Dent, Sunday Mail (Australia)
"This isn't the best Aussie film of the year but with strong performances and a distinct setting, it warrants your attention."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"2010 is shaping up to be yet another bumper year for Australian film, and The Waiting City should be a big part of that."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"Much of the joy of The Waiting City comes from the slow unraveling of the characters relationships, as well as in the gorgeous cinematography of Denson Baker."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Too often in The waiting City, there are moments that jar, misjudgments and bad calls in performance and structure that distract from the important process going on here."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Unfortunately, courtesy of vacuous scripting and stilted performances, The Waiting City ultimately does precious little to have you caring."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"The Waiting City deals with themes of spiritualism, motherhood and the issue of international adoption, but is ultimately a film about intimate relationships and the stuff that binds them when all else falls away."
‑ Anna Harrison, Concrete Playground
"An ambitious debut by Claire McCarthy, in which she tries to find a cohesion between the earthly realities of the subject matter, the complexities of Indian life and the demanding emotional journey of a young married couple"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The Waiting City is a beautifully crafted bitter-sweet exploration of a functional but near-broken relationship exposed by this perpetually functional but near-broken city."
‑ Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald
"The Waiting City is an immersive film, but also a contemplative one."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"There's more atmosphere than plot in Claire McCarthy's film, but the atmosphere is very strong indeed."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Driven by a tremendously honest script and beautiful lead performances, this film marks a major achievement and challenges its audience to consider its themes deeply."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"Living up to its name, The Waiting City rewards patience. The film's initial unevenness is remedied by a captivating second half full of heart."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
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