Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Full Movie

Waiting for the Barbarians
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Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) : At an isolated frontier outpost, a colonial magistrate 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.

Title Waiting for the Barbarians (2019)
Release Date Sep 06, 2019
Genres
Production Company AMBI Group, Infinitum Nihil, Ithaca Pictures, Iervolino Entertainment
Production Countries Italy, United States of America
Casts Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Greta Scacchi, David Dencik, Sam Reid, Harry Melling, Bill Milner, Gursed Dalkhsuren, Tserendagva Purevdorj
Plot Keywords colony, torture, desert, colonization, east asia
The Magistrate
The Magistrate
Mark Rylance
Colonel Joll
Colonel Joll
Johnny Depp
Officer Mandel
Officer Mandel
Robert Pattinson
The Girl
The Girl
Gana Bayarsaikhan
Mai
Mai
Greta Scacchi
The Clerk
The Clerk
David Dencik
The Lieutenant
The Lieutenant
Sam Reid
Garrison Soldier #4
Garrison Soldier #4
Harry Melling
Garrison Soldier #5
Garrison Soldier #5
Bill Milner
Old Prisoner
Old Prisoner
Gursed Dalkhsuren
Old Barbarian
Old Barbarian
Tserendagva Purevdorj
Joll's Man #1
Joll's Man #1
Hami Belal
Mandel's Guard #1
Mandel's Guard #1
Wil Coban
Garrison Soldier #6
Garrison Soldier #6
David Moorst
Baker
Baker
Joseph Long
Barbarian 5
Barbarian 5
Clem So
Star
Star
Isabella Nefar
Boy Prisoner
Boy Prisoner
Dulguun-Erdene Garamkhand
Mai's Grandson
Mai's Grandson
Adam Bensallah
Farmer #1
Farmer #1
Nayef Rashed
Farmer #2
Farmer #2
Haqi Ali
Small Boy #2
Small Boy #2
Younes El Mejjad
Garrison Sentry #1
Garrison Sentry #1
Simon Luca Oldani
Garrison Sentry #2
Garrison Sentry #2
Faical Elkihel
Baker's Wife
Baker's Wife
Laura Cosac

Reviews

  • Louisa Moore - Screen Zealots

    Adapted by Nobel Prize winning author J.M. Coetzee from his own book, “Waiting for the Barbarians” is a timely screen retelling of the darkest (and most the most cruel) aspects of colonialism. This period film sadly reflects issues many are dealing with in present day: a society that’s relentless in its quest to oppress “the other.” An isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire sets the stage for the epic story of a Magistrate (Mark Rylance), a kind soul who lives a routine existence respecting the rule of law, and the disquieting arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), a menacing man that quickly turns things upside down. Joll and his minions (including Robert Pattinson as Officer Mandel) have been tasked with reporting the activities of the ‘barbarians’ — and their methods are ruthless. The Colonel terrorizes people during violent interrogations, causing the Magistrate to question his own loyalty to the empire. Eventually, he embraces kindness and attempts to rescue a young woman (Gana Bayarsaikhan) who has been abused by Joll and return her to her family. The script is laid out appropriately, with clear introductions of the characters and an easy-to-follow story. The film is told in chapters and seasons (“The Return,” set in the Spring, is the most visually stunning). It’s filled with pretty shots (from director Ciro Guerra) and gorgeous cinematography (by Chris Menges), and the period set design and costumes are as detailed as they are handsome. It’s not difficult at all to overlook the (sometimes) slow pacing because the film is so well directed. Every performance here is stellar as well, with a standout turn from Rylance. He makes it easy for viewers to sympathize with his character’s lone beacon of compassion in a violent world. He brings the idea about the way empires feel they must invent enemies to remain relevant to the most basic human level, and that’s what ultimately becomes so effective about “Waiting for the Barbarians.”