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Waiting for the Barbarians (2019)

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A Magistrate working in a distant outpost begins to question his loyalty to the empire.

Director:

Ciro Guerra

Writers:

J.M. Coetzee (based on the novel by), J.M. Coetzee (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Magistrate
Johnny Depp ... Colonel Joll
Robert Pattinson ... Officer Mandel
Gana Bayarsaikhan ... The Girl
Greta Scacchi ... Mai
David Dencik ... Clerk
Sam Reid ... Lieutenant
Harry Melling ... Garrison Soldier 4
Bill Milner ... Garrison Soldier 5
Gursed Dalkhsuren Gursed Dalkhsuren ... Old Man
Tserendagva Purevdorj Tserendagva Purevdorj ... Old Barbarian
Isabella Nefar ... Star
David Moorst ... Garrison Soldier 6
Joseph Long ... Baker
Nayef Rashed ... Farmer 1
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Storyline

At an isolated frontier outpost, a colonial magistrate of an unnamed empire suffers a crisis of conscience when an army colonel arrives looking to interrogate the locals about an impending uprising, using cruel tactics that horrify the magistrate.

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Drama

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The title of the film was originally a poem by the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy. It is this poem that lent its title to the book by J.M. Coetzee, which, in turn, the film was based on. See more »

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Music by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders (ASCAP)
(p) 2019 Pianella Music, Inc.
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Worth watching during a Sunday night.
12 August 2020 | by boicu_emanuelSee all my reviews

This is one of the movies that you have to see it first and then read the reviews to make your own impression. It is a amazing movie and a story that shows the history and oppressions that we humans, have done to each other. The story unfolds slowly, with two characters who show a lot of psychological problems, two different characters who show emphaty and inhumanity. At the end of watching this movie, you will be left with a lot of mixed emotions. Anyway, this is not your regular movie or story where you get only fighting and action, give it time and you will love the story.


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting for the Barbarians See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,183
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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