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Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)



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This haunting anti-war film offers insight into the reasons for the long history of ethnic wars within the Balkan states. It was filmed in Macedonia, a mountainous country bordering Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The film is divided into three very different, yet related stories: "Words," which is set in the past, tells the story of an Orthodox monk who shelters a Muslim girl from Albania in an ancient monastery. The girl, Zamira, has been accused of killing the brother of a gang of armed trouble-makers. "Faces," with its contemporary British setting, presents a love triangle between Anne, a Britain, her Macedonian lover Aleksandar, a Pullitzer Prize winning war photographer, and Nick, her dull husband. Before she can choose between the two men, Aleksandar returns to Macedonia, and Nick is killed in a restaurant shoot out. "Pictures" follows Aleksandar's return to his home village as he tries to forget the horrors he witnessed as a war correspondent. He seeks peace, but finds instead that his Christian village is at war with a nearby Muslim village.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Milcho Manchevski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2008
Criterion Collection


Rade Serbedzija
as Aleksander
Phyllida Law
as Anne's Mother
Josif Josifovski
as Father Marko
Kiro Ristevski
as Father Damian
Milica Stojanova
as Aunt Cveta
Mile Jovanovski
as Priest Singing at Fu...
Gabrielle Hamilton
as Woman in Cab
Peter Needham
as Maitre d'
Melissa Wilkes
as Retarded Child
Joe Gould
as Redhead Waiter
Rod Woodruff
as Waiter in Fight
Cvetko Mareski
as Boy with Gun
as Goran
Nino Levi
as Mailman
Lence Delova
as Bossy Clerk
Jordan Vitanov
as Policeman
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

In this triptych of inhumanity, Manchevski answers that, finally, man's humanity is as immutable as his violence. And that, finally, love is a given that keeps on giving.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

We'll have to wait for Manchevski's next feature to know whether he's an artist or a shrewd entertainer. In the meantime, Before the Rain is one of the more worthy efforts of the season.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It shakes you up the way many other notable foreign-language film debuts once did -- films like"Breathless, The 400 Blows or Knife in the Water.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Striking and ambitious.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions.

Full Review… | July 27, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

*On my "best of the 1990s" list.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


A very deep film that emphasized the inescapability of violence; I thought this film was wonderfully shot including a great storytelling arc and brilliant structure to the entire plot.

Sheldon Chau
Sheldon Chau

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If you can find it, get it for sure!

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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