Before the rain

Before the rain

(a tale in three parts)

DVD - 2008 | Macedonian
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Told in three parts, a mysterious incident in the Macedonian mountains blows out of proportion, eventually threatening a full-blown civil war. A silent young monk offers protection to an ethnic Albanian girl who is suspected of murder. A London photojournalist who is pregnant, needs to deal with her estranged husband and desires a permanence with her lover. Her lover is a prize-winning Macedonian photographer, just back from Bosnia, who finds himself changed by the violence. Linked by events and explores the uncompromising nature of war.

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Directed by Milcho Manchevski. A gripping triptych of love and violence in the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer caught amid ethnic and religious hatred. 1994, 113 minutes.


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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

A young monk undergoes a crisis of faith when a Moslem girl, wanted for murder, seeks refuge in his cell. A married woman must make a painful decision whether to continue her comfortable existence in London or follow Aleksander, her Macedonian lover, back to his homeland. Her lover, meanwhile, seeking a return to a simpler past finds the village he grew up in transformed by ethnic hatred into something terrible. These are the stories that make up Manchevski’s circular triptych on the many casualties of war in which blood begets blood, brother turns against brother and the innocent are often caught in the crosshairs. As a successful photojournalist Aleksander traveled the globe documenting the horrors man inflicts upon his fellow man. But when the violence comes to his doorstep he realizes that there is no such thing as a neutral observer and his silence equals tacit consent. Manchevski presents us with a parched desert landscape where goodness is often overwhelmed by vindictiveness and a simple gesture of compassion can lead to tragedy. When the rain finally does come however, it is not the healing shower we expect but rather a torrent of bitter tears. Before the Rain is visually gorgeous employing a series of highly stylized painterly tableaux that seem almost impressionistic. Some scenes are perhaps a bit too composed, as if the film were staggering under the weight of its own portents, and the use of narrative symmetry, wherein certain lines and situations are repeated, seems forced at times. Still a beautiful and heartfelt work that deserves to be seen...and heard; the music is wonderful.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 30, 2013

This 1994 film with the Balkan conflict as a backdrop is as relevant today as when it was first released. An excellent story told in 3 parts, all connected, and well acted under the direction of a capable, budding young director. The scenery of Macedonia is often breathtaking. An excellent film for serious fans of international cinema.

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booklover717
Apr 02, 2013

A fabulous film ... I rarely watch a movie twice, but this one has so many layers I could even go for a 3rd time! Excellent acting!!

Green_Bird_203 Sep 08, 2012

Brilliant work of art. The movie made me watch over and over again and stretched my imagination and thoughts. Rade Serbedzila's subtle acting is wonderfully mesmerizing and draws us into the core of this story. A very important movie which came out from the war-torn former Yugoslavia. Also, "No Man's Land" (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2001 film) is a must!

voisjoe1 Aug 25, 2012

What an emotional impact, this view of life after Yugoslavia broke up into cruel civil war with cousin against cousin, Macedonian against Albanians! The movie is structured somewhat like Crash and Babel, where it seems that we are seeing three distinct stories, but realize at the end that they are all one story. Beautiful acting, beautiful and imaginative camera work, beautiful eastern European music. See if you can spot the scene replicated from "The Searchers" where the hero appears in the sunlit doorway where he appears to be some kind of mystical figure about to be the savior of an innocent young woman.

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lamoura3
Mar 24, 2011

Très beau film. La cinématographie est magnifique. Les images sont soignées et la musique ajoute à l'émotion et à l'intensité des scènes.

À voir. Un 4 étoiles

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DTA
Jan 16, 2010

a very good film - a gritty and tough tale with a good script, good acting and good cinematog...

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armanda1980
Aug 27, 2008

Милчо Манчевски је еден од нај славени директори во Макдонија. Обај филм беше номинипран за оскар бо 1996.

translation:
Milcho Mancevski is one of Macedonia's most celebrated directors. This movie was nominated for an oscar in 1996.

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