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The Waiting City (2009)

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clip Culture clash

Original classification rating: M. This clip chosen to be PG

Clip description

Fiona (Radha Mitchell) and Ben (Joel Edgerton) have just arrived in Kolkata. They are faced with travel stress (a lost suitcase) and culture clash (Indian beggar children) before their driver Krishna (Samrat Chakrabarti) arrives and they can leave the airport.

Curator’s notes

A succinct introduction to the protagonists that immediately establishes their contrasting characters (Fiona uptight and active, Ben laidback), the subject of underprivileged Indian children (the couple are here to adopt a child), and hints at the personal tensions their stay is about to exacerbate. It’s no accident that the first time we see Fiona she is on her mobile phone – this will soon emerge as a character motif.

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