Waiting for Anya

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Movie Info & Cast


Adapted from the novel by the author of War Horse, Waiting for Anya follows Jo Lalande (Noah Schnapp), a thirteen-year-old shepherd boy, and reclusive widow Horcada (Anjelica Huston), who come together with their village to help smuggle Jewish children into Spain during the harrows of WWII.


  • Anjelica Huston
  • Jean Reno
  • Gilles Marini
  • Thomas Kretschmann
  • Sadie Frost
  • Noah Schnapp
  • Nicholas Rowe
  • Frederick Schmidt
  • Tómas Lemarquis
  • Joséphine de La Baume

Did You Know?


  • Waiting for Anya, is a film adaptation of the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. The book was first published in Great Britain in 1990.


    • Horcada: Children, Jewish children. Some people collect coins, stamps. We collect enemies of the Reich. They get passed down through France. And when they get here, Benjamin gets them out from under my feet by smuggling them across the mountains into Spain. They're safe there.
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Feb 26, 2020

The film is gorgeous to look at, all alpine meadow flowers and glorious green mountains. But the drama loses momentum pretty early on.

Metacritic review by Cath Clarke
Cath Clarke
The Guardian
Feb 5, 2020

Despite its laudable intentions, Waiting for Anya proves less impactful than it should be. The film certainly doesn't have the thematic weight of War Horse, another film (and acclaimed stage play) based on a war-themed book by Morpurgo that was geared to young readers.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter