The Wait for Innocence (2014) – By Misty Layne

The Wait for Innocence is a short film that is unfortunately incoherent at the best of times and confusing at worst. As far as I can tell, the film is about a man who experienced a mental break after his daughter married a Jewish man. This results in him often coming to his daughter’s house and telling her husband that his daughter (who in his mind is still a child) has disappeared. He says he’s searched all over but can’t find her. The daughter’s husband is appropriately sympathetic and remarks how children like to test the limits of their freedom and that she’ll eventually show up, so that at first we’re not really sure what’s going on. The father then heads to the restroom where instead he winds up in the daughter and husband’s bedroom where he finds his daughter’s necklace. He then returns to the kitchen where he and the husband have been drinking coffee, only to accuse the man of kidnapping his daughter and doing something terrible to her. Eventually, he regains the memory that his daughter is actually an adult and has married this man which leads him to try to kill the man. We then find out that this is a common occurrence (the forgetting his daughter married the Jewish man and him thinking she’s a lost child) and the reason is a mental break after his daughter’s marriage…all because she married a Jew.

I found the plot to be entirely unbelievable. Anti-Semitism still exists, sure, but having it lead to a complete psychological breakdown seems a little far fetched. Not helping matters is the stilted dialogue and wooden acting and questionable cinematography. At one point, there’s a close up of the coffee in one of the coffee cups that breaks the flow of the film and is unnecessary. I’m also not sure what the point of the film is – is it to let people know that anti-semitism is still around? Is it a film about a father’s love of his child? I have no idea. The characters are wholly unlikeable and the plot is slow moving making the short running time feel like forever.

Unfortunately, while I always applaud anyone willing to make a film and live out their artistic vision, I can’t recommend The Wait for Innocence. Perhaps a slightly different take would have improved the film but as is, it’s clunky. However, if you’d like to learn more you can visit their IMDB page.