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Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness.
Far from the first female coming-of-age movie, but it's one of the most vivid.
It is, like weather, what it is, neither good nor bad but something that feels as if it has the weight of the inevitable.
Jeffs' meticulous framing nicely counterpoints all the messy turmoil, and her screenplay flows with the cadences of life.
Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel.
Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn.
First-time writer-director Christine Jeffs captures the destruction of a family with a blunt accuracy that never precludes a gift for the occasionally lyrical moment.
Fulford-Wierzbicki in particular turns in a performance well beyond her years as Janey.
The film's constant mood of melancholy and its unhurried narrative are masterfully controlled. But ... in trying to capture the novel's deeper intimate resonances, the film has - ironically - distanced us from the characters.
Before it rains, clouds cover the sky and hint at the coming storm. Jeffs fully captures that feeling of anticipation.
The symbolism may be a little thick at times ... but overall it's a remarkably strong debut that marks Jeffs as a director to watch.
Rain is so slight that it almost isn't there, but these performers deftly approximate the sensation of having a craving for someone.
Though Jeffs' material is slightly stale, the fact remains that Hollywood regularly recycles material of a much lower caliber.
Rain is a small treasure, enveloping the viewer in a literal and spiritual torpor that is anything but cathartic.
After about a half hour of this, and not caring a whit about the characters in Rain, I wanted nothing more than to return to the present day.
Rainy days and movies about the disintegration of families always get me down.
The raw talent of the principle actors helps...to elevate the family soap opera above the average.
Unless you enjoy watching repeated shots of people waking up in an alcoholic stupor, you're likely to find 'Rain' a cinematic washout.
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