The Wait: Piero Messina’s drama is a touching, ponderous study on how one can cope with grief. It has a somewhat perverse (but, at the same time, quite believable) premise, one that evolves very organically. Director of photography Francesco Di Giacomo’s lensing is very expressive and beautiful, portraying isolation and solitude in many frames. In addition, the main locations (and the set decoration) of the film are a great find: not only they are beautiful , they are able to add to the thematic landscape. All of that is fine but would be for naught if the performances were not as good as they are: actresses Juliette Binoche and Lou de Laâge both have tricky roles, and navigate through it in a very low-key manner; both are excellent.