While on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks.
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Critic Reviews for Rain
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.
Audience Reviews for Rain
This is a very tough movie. Tough characters, tough subject matter, tough to watch. I mean this in a good way. These people are very real with real problems and real attitudes. There is a raw nakedness about the film that makes it somehow tangible and sometimes uncomfortable. The scenes are not painted nor rendered rather they are captured as they are?and they are not very pretty (save for some of the landscape). The cast are not a group of models (though the youngest boy is about as cute and wonderful an actor as they come). This movie will hit you as ?real.? The viewer is presented with a family; Husband, Wife, Daughter, Son. The Daughter appears to be the focal character, but as pivotal as she is each character is given ample time and thought. The problems that they deal with are very real. I don?t think this will be a spoiler to anyone, but in case you think it might be skip to the next paragraph. Be prepared to deal with a family on the brink of destruction, infidelity, addiction, purposelessness, coming unto teenage sexuality, and all of this combined to amount to tragedy. This film is a tragic drama that may leave you squirming a bit. I recommend this film to those who are comfortable looking at some of the more difficult things in life or who have experienced some of the same and wish to see an accurate portrayal?a film that empathizes with the pain that real life can bring.More
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