The Waiting Room
Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Frank Finlay, Zoe Telford / Fiction / English
Fresh, frank portrait of entangled London love lives.
Lone parent Anna (Anne-Marie Duff) is involved with next-door neighbour George (Rupert Graves), whose marriage has settled into a rut. Meanwhile care worker Stephen (Ralf Little) is having doubts about his own long-term relationship. When Anna and Stephen meet by chance, each glimpses the happiness that has hitherto been so elusive.... Quietly assured in its lived-in sense of naturalism, yet effortlessly sophisticated, this is a hugely entertaining debut from writer/director Roger Goldby. Poignant, frequently funny performances from a fine British cast help enormously. Intelligent, adult entertainment, The Waiting Room is a bracingly clear-headed account of relationships hitting a sticky patch - but also a deeply romantic movie that will renew your faith in love at first sight. EL
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