Waiting for Anya

6.01 h 49 min2020X-Ray13+
From the author of War Horse, a shepherd-boy risks everything to help smuggle Jewish children into Spain from German-occupied France.
Ben Cookson
Noah SchnappThomas KretschmannFrederick Schmidt
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Anjelica HustonJean Reno
Alan LathamPhin Glynn
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laurelicReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Beautiful Family Film...
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Based on a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, the story tells of true events that happened in France during the holocaust. Gorgeous filmography. Breath taking story. Wonderful acting. Exemplifies compassion, responsibility, and courage.
57 people found this helpful
JohnNDFWReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Moving & Beautiful Scenery
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While most holocaust-themed movies are depressing, this one was uplifting. Set against the French Pyrenees mountains bordering Spain, the story, as told by a young boy turned man, during the most horrible time of WW2 is moving. The scenery is stunning.
One of my favorite German actors, Thomas Kretschmann, yet again, plays a Nazi, this time a Corporal with a heart.
A good movie for an afternoon with friends and family.
43 people found this helpful
Belle Louie Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
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Historically Accurate Tearjerker
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What's not to like about a movie portraying ordinary people and their willingness to face death to save others; along with performances by actors at the top of their game; and visually enhanced by beauty and with cinematic excellence. Houston, Reno and my continued admiration of everything Thomas Kretschmann, did not disappoint. Add a new list of actors to watch in past or future performances. It's well worth watching.
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John M SmallshawReviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Disappointment
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We like foreign and independent films, there have been a lot of really amazing movies made on a limited budget or in languages other than English. We had high hopes for "Waiting For Anya" as it features Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, two of our favorite actors.

The movie was a serious disappointment, the pace of the film was very slow and the acting really was second rate. In the end, it just didn't hold our attention and ended up turning it off after one hour.

We normally like these types of films, but can't recommend this one.
30 people found this helpful
InTheDustyWestReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
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Best movie I've seen in a long time
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Inspiring story of French villagers helping Jews escape over the mountains into Spain, told in the form of an old man's memories of his childhood. You can't go wrong with Angelica Huston; loved her in this role. This movie prompts me to learn more about the heroic individuals who helped save thousands of Jewish lives along the French/Spanish border. So glad I saw this great film!
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NikappuReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
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A beautiful rememberance of wartime fidelity, courage and humanity
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The preview of "Waiting for Anya" instantly drew me into watching through the extraordinary locale, cinematography and sound track. I enjoyed every moment of the film as the story unfolded, neither over- nor understated in its deliberate and engaging delivery. I felt surrounded by the many natural, cultural and historical elements, that convincingly made me feel a part of the shared experience so expertly portrayed by the entire cast. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.
18 people found this helpful
rlandoReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020
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M WalshReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mountain railroad
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Advice you have a tissue or two on hand toward the end. A very well done story. I didn’t realize there was a mountain “railroad” to Spain.
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