Gentle yet perceptive romantic drama starring some of the big names of British cinema
Director Roger Goldby helmed and wrote The Waiting Room, 2007 movie, staring the ever excellent Anne Marie Duff, with fine support from Frank Finlay, Rupert Graves and the ever delectable Daisy Donovan. Alongside the wonderful Phyllida Law. All in all, a very fine cast in a drama/romance which takes it’s time and allows the characters to breathe.
Two strangers, Anna and Stephen come together thanks to a chance meeting with a man who is waiting on a station platform for his wife. Their meeting sparks off a chain of events that is going to end up having massive significance in their lives as they start to examine everything that is going on around them, from their relationships to their working lives and they both begin to challenge their beliefs about what they really want. They both have a series of decisions to make that my be hard to face but which, if they can carry them through will ultimately change their lives for the better and may even bring them together once more.
This is a beautifully written, shot and acted movie without any great spectacle apart from that which exists in the lives of everyday people. The movie doesn’t pretend to be anything that it isn’t and is extremely confident in doing so and although it’s ending is somewhat predictable, there are a lot of twists and turns along the way, making it an intriguing and dramatic examination of human interpersonals.
Although it runs for nearly two hours, the movie never drags and the central performances are engaging enough to hold the interest throughout. Especially good are Anne Marie Duff and of course, Frank Finlay who never turns in a bad performance in anything and the supporting cast are all uniformly excellent and very believable, which is a great help to this movie. In fact the whole film is convincing and realistic, set against a wonderfullyLondonurban background, very rooted in reality. There are laughs along the way as well and the viewer will be left with a feeling of self examination that is unusual for such a movie. Unusual and in it’s own quiet way, quite riveting.