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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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Claire McCarthy

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Claire McCarthy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Radha Mitchell ... Fiona Simmons
Joel Edgerton ... Ben Simmons
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Krishna
Isabel Lucas ... Scarlett
Tillotama Shome ... Sister Tessila
Barun Chanda ... Doctor Khan
Dana Roy Dana Roy ... Sister Agnes
Tamal Ray Chowdhury Tamal Ray Chowdhury ... Uncle
Tanushree Shankar Tanushree Shankar ... Didi Chatterjee
Palomi Ghosh ... Urmi (as Paulomi Ghosh)
Kalyan Chatterjee Kalyan Chatterjee ... Pharmacist
Kamalendu Banerjee Kamalendu Banerjee ... Airport Official (as Kamalendu Danerjee)
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Carlisle
Shankar Haldar Shankar Haldar ... Feroz
Soumitra Saha Soumitra Saha ... Blind Man
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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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Australia

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English

Release Date:

15 July 2010 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrackpore, West Bengal, India See more »

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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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Not bad, but perhaps too slow-paced for some.
5 July 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"You must act out of love, not desperation or need."

I've yet to see a movie set in India that wasn't a visual treat to watch, and The Waiting City definitely earns it's place on that list. The story, about an Australian couple come to Kolkata to adopt a child in the hopes that it will fix their strained relationship, is also interesting, even though I thought it stumbled into predictable, melodramatic territory at times. This is sort of an emotional coming of age story for the two main characters, both as individuals and a couple. The transition from who they are at the beginning to who they are at the end isn't exactly handled in the most organic way, but it is mostly believable.

The movie dabbles in ideas about faith and spirituality, as well, but in a very unfocused way.

I recommend The Waiting City to those interested in India, fans of Radha Mitchell or Joel Edgerton, and movie fans comfortable with subdued, personal storytelling that takes its time to get where it's going. 


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