• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Santosh Sivan
    In Theaters:
    May 9, 2008 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 16, 2008
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Before the Rains Reviews

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Red L

Super Reviewer

July 24, 2010
Things do not end well for a love affair between two different races and casts set in India as colonial rule is ending. The Indian scenery is worth the watch.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 7, 2009
In "Before the Rains," it is 1937 in Kerala, India where Henry Moores(Linus Roache) is a planter who is building a road to help his business, risking everything to finish it before the monsoons start. On the personal side, even though he is married, he is carrying on an affair with Sajani(Nandita Das), the family maid, who is trapped in an abusive marriage. One day, the lovers are noticed in a sacred grove by a pair of boys.

If "Before the Rains" sounds as predictable and obvious as every other doomed romance you have ever heard of, you would be at least partially right.(What was it Anton Chekhov said about guns, again?) What separates this movie from others of its ilk is the lack of sympathy given to its lead English character who has no true regard for India which is also undergoing spasms of independence. That along with lush cinematography combine to provide a sincere feel for a time and place.
iLeo
iLeo

Super Reviewer

October 26, 2008
Great movie. Good story plot. Here is a movie by Santosh Sivan. This is a movie that captivates you, and it holds such a great interest that you are left feeling intrigued. Great cast- Nandita Das, Linus Roache, and Rahul Bose. Amazing music. Definitely worth seeing.
Tom S

Super Reviewer

May 9, 2008
I liked it, but I would have liked it about the same if everything was cut out except the music and the shots of scenic India.
Hamee
May 21, 2014
The tragic ending and the pointless story make this a hard movie to watch. It doesn't have a lot to recommend it so don't waste your time.
June 2, 2009
It's supposed to be a love story but then it turns out to be about the friendship between TK and Moores. I was actually highly disapointed because there doesn't seem to be any consiquences to Moores actions of cheating. Yeah, his wife leaves him and Sajani commits suicide, but he doesn't seem to care.
March 17, 2013
This is Santhosh Sivan magic :)
July 31, 2012
The bitter truth behind letting yr emotions run wild.. good lesson for us all :(
Outcome predictable but nicely done
July 17, 2011
Better Movie then the Director's own 'Asoka'. Strong storyline. It also indirectly explains the nature of Victorian Britishers in India.
Reprieved Soul
August 2, 2010
Conventional plot, playing the stereotypes of two cultures against each other. Glossy ovestatement of the horrendous grinding poverty of the ordinary people of India, and trying to make out that the colonist/investor was a force for good.
This film will do nothing to change modern misconceptions or illusions. Beautiful but pontless.
Ewoudt Cloete
May 24, 2010
Who doesn't enjoy a good B-grade movie every now and then? And when it comes to B-grade, Before the Rains is probably the best I've seen. The first thing you will realise when you start to watch this gem is the exquisite cinematography, using the lush, untamed scenery of India with great visual success. Some interesting and well-planned camera shots proves how much thought went into this story that has a lot to say about the bond between master and servant, master and lover as well as master and family. A group of well cast b-grade actors play their roles beautifully, with Rahul Bose and Nandita Das ensuring that the movie's most dramatic scenes have a maximum effect on its viewer. Director Santosh Sivan (who has never before attempted an English film) has done a great job in telling this story of a foreign world in a very simple and uncomplicated manner - something that many Hollywood directors with insanely high budgets still struggle to do. Before the rains is truly a triumph for the smaller, less publicised film industry and one that all audiences should have the pleasure of experiencing. Don't let the main theme of colonization put you off, this one comes highly recommended.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 7, 2009
In "Before the Rains," it is 1937 in Kerala, India where Henry Moores(Linus Roache) is a planter who is building a road to help his business, risking everything to finish it before the monsoons start. On the personal side, even though he is married, he is carrying on an affair with Sajani(Nandita Das), the family maid, who is trapped in an abusive marriage. One day, the lovers are noticed in a sacred grove by a pair of boys.

If "Before the Rains" sounds as predictable and obvious as every other doomed romance you have ever heard of, you would be at least partially right.(What was it Anton Chekhov said about guns, again?) What separates this movie from others of its ilk is the lack of sympathy given to its lead English character who has no true regard for India which is also undergoing spasms of independence. That along with lush cinematography combine to provide a sincere feel for a time and place.
fewstingscorpio
December 1, 2008
This was a beautifully filmed movie. I loved the soundtrack that enhanced it very nicely. It was an o.k movie. It wasn't bad. Where I normally would just love a movie like this with relationships, cultural problems, beautiful music and scenery, it was just too simple and left me a little unfilled. I would rate it a 3 1/2, because it was so beautiful.
jazza923
September 17, 2008
A beautiful film indeed. Not always effective dramatically, but the cinematography and score are first rate. It has some slow areas, but overall it is satisfying.
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