Archive of films I`ve Been Waiting So Long / Une vie a t`attendre

2004, 105 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2004

The atmosphere of contemporary Paris is the setting for the encounters of two women and one man. Both women love the man, but it is difficult for him to give each of them priority, and so it is more about bitterness, helplessness and disappointment than love. 


The director moves between melodrama and psychological study, in telling a story about a particular triangle between two women and one man. Alex seems to be a well-balanced forty-year-old who meticulously looks after the guests in his restaurant, as well as his mentally unstable younger brother. It seems he will finally marry the young woman Claire; but just as they are preparing their wedding, Jeanne arrives in Paris, Alex´s former love, and although they haven´t seen each other for 12 years, their feelings for each other flare up again. Jeanne maintains that her marriage was a mistake and bitterly regrets their breakup. The fragile Claire suffers from Alex´s infidelity and the evident signs of his alienation. The ground disappears from under Alex´s feet, every day he makes a different decision and is tormented by the awareness that he is wronging both women...

About the director

Thierry Klifa wrote for the journal Studio in 1991-2002. He made his film debut in 2001 with the short film Emilie est partie for which he wrote the script himself, as he did with his first feature film, I´ve Been Waiting So Long (Une vie a t´attendre, 2004).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Thierry Klifa
Screenplay: Thierry Klifa, Christopher Thompson
Dir. of Photography: Pierre Aïm
Music: David Moreau
Editor: Luc Barnier
Producer: François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
Production: Les films du kiosque
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Patrick Bruel, Géraldine Pailhas
Contact: TF1 STUDIO

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