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Genre Documentary
Running Time 81 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Sep 14, 2012
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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film - using a blend of cinema verité and characters' voiceover offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

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Nov. 30, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

Highland Hospital serves Oakland’s Alameda County. It’s a public-service facility and, according to a nurse in the new documentary “The Waiting Room,” a place of last resort. The film runs just beyond 80 minutes, and, in its 24-hour span, captures a great deal of stress and worry and wincing — and that’s just on the faces of the staff. The movie observes the general misery of needing serious medical treatment and the particular awfulness of needing medical treatment you can’t pay for.

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