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The Waiting List (2000)
"Lista de espera" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  2 June 2000 (Spain)
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A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Cruz ...
Tahimi Alvariño ...
Jorge Perugorría ...
Rolando / the blind man (el ciego)
Noel García ...
Alina Rodríguez ...
Saturnino García ...
Antonio Valero ...
Jorge Alí ...
Hiran Vega ...
Pedro Luis (as Hirán Vega)
Mijail Mulkay Bordon Perdomo ...
Manolo (as Mijail Mulkay)
Leandro Sen ...
Saskia Guanche ...
Serafín García ...
Amelia Pita ...
Assenech Rodriguez ...


A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others that are either full or at the end of the line stop by, it soon becomes obvious that the bus everyone was waiting for has left them high and dry. While one of the would-be passengers, Emilio, uses his downtime to win the affections of the beautiful Jacqueline, most of the rest decide that if they're stuck without anywhere to go, they might as well make the station a better place to wait, and they begin forming a plan to turn the decrepit bus terminal into a showplace that people would look forward to visiting. Written by Anonymous

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2 June 2000 (Spain)  »

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Lista de espera  »

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ESP 255,257,366 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Life is like a bus station.
2 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

well done! That is reason why I love to watch foreign movies, they don't have to have lots of special effects, or fancy dresses, good makeups, etc. This movie is universal. Even though life is different in different countries, but humanity is the same.

While watching it, I was wondering how come there was no more bus coming to that station, and why didn't the girl who works at the station come to work again, etc, then it had a twist which totally surprised me.

The music was well selected, and I also like that one song which was specially composed for this movie. It is also funny to see them using a chest to bury a man, and they had to open the top drawer in order to pay last respect.

It is hard to make a film entirely based at a bus station, but the director is excellent. The actors are wonderful, the story is believable, that is why this movie still has a high rating. No matter how hard the situation is, where they are, people can always make the best out of their lives. Isn't life just like a bus station, people come into your life, but there will always be a time to say goodbye, and you will always have a fond memory of a few of those people you have met.

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