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The Waiting City (2009)

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A mystic-infused love story that follows a young couple's journey to India to collect their adopted baby.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Simmons
Sister Tessila
Doctor Khan
Dana Roy ...
Sister Agnes
Tamal Ray Chowdhury ...
Tanushree Shankar ...
Didi Chatterjee
Palomi Ghosh ...
Urmi (as Paulomi Ghosh)
Kalyan Chatterjee ...
Kamalendu Banerjee ...
Airport Official (as Kamalendu Danerjee)
Jeremy Sims ...
Shankar Haldar ...
Soumitra Saha ...
Blind Man


An outwardly happy Australian couple journey to Calcutta to collect their adopted baby, but on arrival find that the arrangements have yet to be finalized. Soon, the intoxicating mystic power of the Indian city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions, and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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15 July 2010 (Australia)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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[first lines]
Rashda: [on the phone] Fiona? Fiona...
Fiona Simmons: Rashda?
Rashda: Can you hear me?
Fiona Simmons: Yeah.
Rashda: Do you have a minute?
Fiona Simmons: I have the documents with me.
Rashda: I hope you know what you're doing.
Fiona Simmons: Absolutely. I'm fine taking them with me.
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Blown away
18 June 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this film recently at the Sydney Film Festival and I still can't stop thinking about it. It was well beyond my expectations. I don't think I've ever been taken so far away and felt so close to home.

I can't recommend this film enough and without giving too much away have to say this is one of the most stand out films I have seen in a very long time. The actors are superb, their chemistry is completely spot on, the way India is filmed made me feel like I was there and in so many moments made me question everything I've ever thought about. The story is touching and so real. I have never seen the lead actors Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell look so good or be so likable and I've seen quite few of their movies.

The director spoke at the Q&A after wards and mentioned that she spent a lot of time working in India in the slums of Calcutta and also made a documentary film about her younger sister in India. This really shines through. She has clearly put the time in, done the research and knows the world of this story. Her message in the film is also very moving. She has a balanced view of all the things the film covers in the story. The film does deal with some complex things like stresses between long term relationships, expectations between couples, family and cultural differences and a range of other things but somehow I managed to have quite a lot of laughs all the way through.

A really good balance between the drama and the funnier side. Very grown up film-making and a pleasure to watch.

It is has been a very long time that any film, in particular an Australian film has made me feel even close to what this film has. I cannot recommend THE WAITING CITY enough.

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