Film Review: Waiting

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:57pm

By: Brittany Conrad
Waiting is a story of second chance and new opportunity as seen through the eyes of three Italian immigrants striving to make do for themselves in New York City. As stated by filmmaker, Cristian Piazza, “choices are what define us as human beings.” Paulo Buffagini is an aspiring Opera singer who has rewired his life and career to start anew with little musical training at the age of 30. Floriano Pagliara is a Professional Boxer who suffers from a loss of self esteem due to an upsetting loss back home in Italy. Needing validation through his career, he seeks training at an American gym with the hopes of beating an American champion. Paolo Inferrera has been handed everything in life, but suffers from conflicting family dynamic that threaten to interfere with his goals of becoming a successful restaurateur.

Waiting is an honest portrait of the modern immigrant. To ultimately find your place in this world, you must struggle to see where you fit, embracing life to the fullest. These three individuals are doing what they can to make ends meet, while never letting go of their dreams. Piazza does a fantastic job of portraying what it means to choose a new country, and furthermore to choose a new life. “Most decisions come from a very intimate place: call it individual crisis, turning point, or passage to adulthood.” Though we see these people everyday, we often only give real attention to our own personal strife. As citizens, we forget what it means to be in a free country, where our decisions are our own, and the support of loved ones is often close by and taken for granted . Without sugarcoating in any way, Waiting, is instrumental in showcasing what it means to choose a new country to pursue your passions while hopefully finding yourself along the way.

Waiting is an official selection of the 2016 New York City Independent Film Festival and winner of the New York City Independent Film Festival’s 2016 Best Documentary.

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