The Waiting City

Synopsis: An outwardly happy Australian couple journey to Calcutta to collect their adopted baby, but on arrival find that the arrangements have yet to be finalized. Soon, the intoxicating mystic power of the Indian city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions, and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Claire McCarthy
Production: E1 Entertainment
  4 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


- Fiona?


- Can you hear me?

- Yeah.

Okay, have you got everything?

I have all the documents

with me.

I hope you know what you're doing.


I'm fine taking on both cases.

You have to cap this at three weeks,

not a day longer.


Well, call me tomorrow.

No, you call me.

- Right, I'll call you. Okay.

- Bye.

What's the problem, Madam?

Well, my suitcase isn't here.

There's - there's one box on

the luggage thing, and it's not mine.

First of all, you'll have to complain

to the airlines.

We can't complain to the airlines

'cause nothing is open.

It's 12:
00 at night,

and these are the only clothes

I'm wearing,

and you're telling me

that's all you can do?


I am just so glad

I have her documents in my -

- Turn that off.

- Welcome to India.

Seriously, can you turn it off?

So, what are you saying?

We're at the main entrance.

Yeah, well, if there's

anything you can do

to locate the driver,

that would be great.

Okay, well, we've been waiting

half an hour.


You want some?

Where'd you get that?

I needed a snack.

Oh, hello.

Rupee, Madam.

It's 12:
00 at night.

Shouldn't you be sleeping?

Are you hungry?

Have you got any coin, Fee?

I don't think it's a good idea

to give them money, Ben.

Good idea, good idea.

Ah, see?

He thinks it's a good idea.

You know what?

I'll tell you what.

If you can find my car,

I'll give you 50 rupees.

- Okay, no problem.

- Okay?

Find my car. Good luck.

Don't forget us.

Go on.

Mr. Bens and wife?


Uh, so glad you made it.

My name's Fiona.


Uh, from the Calcutta Grand, right?

Yes, sir.

My name is Krishna.

Please be accepting my apology.

I lost my time track

traveling from my village.

Only one bag, sir?

Uh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

- Yeah, they lost mine.

- Okay, I'll just...

Okay, good work. Very good.

Okay, no, no, no.

Can we go?

Nice tunes.

Enjoying, Mr. Bens and wife?

I have a name, actually.

My name's Fiona.

Calcutta - my favorite city

in the world.

It's very nice.

Look, five people just sleeping

on the side of the road.



Fee, we're here.

This guy in there is giving Krishna

a really hard time.


Did you bring the...?

What, the passports?

I gave them to you, remember?

He's really tearing shreds off him.


You all right, Krishna?

Yes. Uh... My uncle.

That was your uncle?

Is he always like that?

My wife -

she just had a baby,

but my uncle is also needing me

here for work at the hotel, so...



I can be assisting you

with anything you'll be needing -

uh, tours, temples, nightclubs -


I am trading in all of the jacks.

So you're a jack-of-all-trades.

That, too.

Okay, well, uh, we'll call you.

He needs a tip, Fee.

Is that enough?

Uh, thank you.

Nice to meet you.

No, I can't open the Debron file.

Well, can you just get him

to resend it?

Well, and make sure that he does so

before the board meeting.

Okay - no, it's all right.

I've got so much to go through.

Okay, thanks, Pete. Bye.

You want a pakora?


You're so... restless.

- I'm excited.

- Me too.

Can you put the phone back?


Shine and rise!

Oh, great.

Thanks, Krishna.

Um, what brings you

to my country, Mrs. Bens?

Um, my husband's sleeping.

Oh, so-

Sorry. Sorry, Mrs. Bens.

It's okay.

You can call me Fiona.

My husband and I

have adopted a little girl,

and we're just waiting to take her

back home to Australia.

You have adopted a little girl?



I've already gone for a jog,

I've eaten a full breakfast

down at the buffet,

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Claire McCarthy

Claire McCarthy is an Australian filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and visual artist. She is an internationally successful film director who divides her time between Sydney and Los Angeles. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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