Waiting

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26th November 2018
    

For The Years To Roll By

Waiting is one of those slow, simple, touching short films that slowly and subtly reveal themselves. Because of this, it is hard to talk about it while still maintaining a sense of mystery around the plot. Spoiling it wouldn’t ruin the experience at all, but I do believe that it is better to watch it without knowing what will or won’t unfold.

Cleo Sylvestre (“Paddington”, “Woman in Fish Shop”) plays Frederica, a retired widow on whom the camera stays fixated upon during one typical day of her life. She wakes up, puts on her wig, her make-up, her shoes, and goes out to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait…

There is no dialogue at all in this 11-minute-long film besides unintelligible snippets of conversations heard on the streets. Following the “show, don’t tell” mantra, writer/director Anthony Hett (“Letters”) pushes away any expository dialogues in favor of images and sounds that only immerses us deeper into the protagonist’s mindset.

The light and colors are soft, the camera always close to Cleo Sylvestre as if captured inside her embrace. When she brushes her wig or rummages through her jewels, we hear what she hears, the gentle sounds bringing familiarity and comfort. Even on the streets, no noise sounds too aggressive to the ear, as if we were sheltered by the protagonist’s aura.

Yet, as time goes on, although nothing really changes on screen, we start to realize on our own that something is amiss. The spectator’s feelings start to shift from feeling as anxious as Frederica, to feeling anxious for her, gradually, as the wait starts to make us look for the bigger picture.

Despite being such a simple short film, Waiting manages to strike an emotional chord. This is in great part due to the talent of everyone involved in the film, from the cinematographer to the sound department, from the director to the main actress. Every decision made was a clever one and creates a tender film that makes the dull act of waiting a poignant moment to watch on screen.

THE QUICK SELL
A day in the life of Frederica, a retired widow, who once led a full and content life but who now spends her days… waiting. The second film in a trilogy of short films on the themes of loneliness, old age and dementia.

RELEASE DATE
11th January 2019

DIRECTED BY
Anthony Hett

WRITTEN BY
Anthony Hett

Running Time:
11mins

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US Box Office

#Title
1

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2

Midway

3

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4

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5

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6

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7

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8

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UK Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Last Christmas

£2,654,3541612£2,654,354
2

Le Mans 66

£2,000,0001556£2,000,000
3

Joker

£1,009,3097523£56,104,383
4

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

£690,8715575£14,036,745
5

The Addams Family

£646,7514591£9,069,446
6

The Good Liar

£609,2362556£2,469,093
7

Abominable

£349,9566476£7,807,978
8

Midway

£345,7132466£1,608,497
9

Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

£327,5255543£6,538,799
10

Terminator: Dark Fate

£252,7024314£7,054,755

US Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Ford v Ferrari

£31,474,95813528£31,474,958
2

Midway

£8,505,53123242£34,896,304
3

Charlies Angels

£8,351,10913452£8,351,109
4

Playing with Fire

£8,332,60723185£25,280,431
5

Last Christmas

£6,493,93023454£22,369,695
6

Doctor Sleep

£6,006,94923855£24,865,108
7

The Good Liar

£5,605,05112439£5,605,051
8

Joker

£5,338,38972337£322,302,982
9

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

£4,900,00052549£105,693,384
10

Harriet

£4,590,54032011£31,693,530