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|THE WAITING ROOM (director/writer: Roger Goldby; cinematographer: James Aspinall; editor: David Thrasher; music: Edmund Butt; cast: Anne-Marie Duff (Anna), Zoe Telfund (Jem), Frank Finlay (Roger), Ralf Little (Stephen), Rupert Graves (George), Christine Bottomley (Fiona Clark), Polly Rose McCarthy (Charlie), Finlay Kenny Tighe (Joe), Lee Williams (Brian), Adrian Bower (Toby), Phyllida Law (Helen), Allan Corduner (John Clark, Fiona's Dad), Lizzy McInnerny (Fiona's Mom); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sarah Sulick; IFC; 2007-UK)|
but dullish romantic drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
TV director Roger Goldby in his debut feature
movie helms and writes a genial but dullish romantic
drama, one that is all too familiar and feels like a
made for TV romcom. It's slow-moving and has a
contrived ending, as it tells its awkward relationship
tale without distinction. The positive is the good
acting from the entire cast. It's set in a suburban
area in South London, and its main event takes place
opens showing that the pathetic married, stay at home
dad, George (Rupert Graves), is having an affair with
his feisty attractive single-mom next-door neighbor
Anna (Anne-Marie Duff).
George is married to Jem (Zoe Telfund), the best friend of Anna.
the unbalanced elderly resident of the local nursing
home, Roger (Frank
Finlay), is at the railroad station
for his daily visit to greet a wife who died a long
time ago, Anna is also there to catch a train and gets
into a friendly conversation with Roger about his dear
wife in the waiting room. Soon Roger's nursing home
care-taker Stephen (Ralf Little)
arrives to escort Roger back. There's a love at
first sight flash between the two strangers, but no
phone numbers or names are exchanged. They will spend
the entire movie trying to find each other again, but
will have to wait until the last few minutes of the
film before we get that predictable sugary ending.
at the nursing home, sensitive care-taker, Stephen is
seen on the job gently treating his elderly charges
and then at night sleeping with the
28-year-old Fiona (Christine Bottomley), his demanding
neurotic girlfriend who tells him she wants him to get
Stephen's encounter with the mystery woman, he can
only think of her, while Anna dreams of her mystery
man. Both break-up their dead-end affairs, and on
schedule they meet again at the station and daffy
Roger is there to play Cupid.
REVIEWED ON 6/5/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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