Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)
Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) (2003)

In a lonely seaside village that functions mainly as a transit point, themes of belonging, departure, immobility, rootlessness, tradition and transientness are explored. The feeling of serenity of the villagers home keep at bay their… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Manages to delight without much of a story.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

Takes you by the face, strokes your cheeks and coos beseechingly at you: slow down, shake off your tensions and take this picture at its own breezy, distracted rhythms.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A skilfully shot film, with startling images and a gentle pace that frequently comes to a full stop just to capture the rhythms of life in an earthbound purgatory.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Though talk in the film often turns to death, Khatra's enthusiasm and love of life keep the movie surprisingly upbeat.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strikingly beautiful visual mood piece that resembles in many ways the refreshing intensity of an Ozu family drama.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A moving picture that does not move.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A film that will be best appreciated by those willing to endure its extremely languorous rhythms, Waiting for Happiness is ultimately thoughtful without having much dramatic impact.

Don Willmott

pretty and it's exotic, but that's all it is.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International


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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
This African film is boring by design, as it reflects a community trapped by borders both physical and psychological. Like the characters, it lacks a clear goal… More
Arash Xak
"Maybe waiting is actually happiness"
Leo L
An interesting movie that centralizes on a small village where certain individuals are dealing with various emotions: loneliness, unhappiness, and the need to… More