Rain Reviews

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May 31, 2002
Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel.
May 30, 2002
Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn.
May 29, 2002
May 25, 2002
a lyrically moody, poetically foreboding coming of age tale
May 24, 2002
An affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
May 17, 2002
A shimmeringly lovely coming-of-age portrait, shot in artful, watery tones of blue, green and brown.
May 17, 2002
A quietly reflective and melancholy New Zealand film about an eventful summer in a 13-year-old girl's life.
May 16, 2002
Captures all the longing, anguish and ache, the confusing sexual messages and the wish to be a part of that elusive adult world.
May 16, 2002
Beyond the native complexities of its visuals, Rain impresses with its canny narrative.
May 10, 2002
May 10, 2002
Moody, heartbreaking, and filmed in a natural, unforced style that makes its characters seem entirely convincing even when its script is not.
May 9, 2002
A quiet, disquieting triumph.
May 8, 2002
A gripping movie, played with performances that are all understated and touching.
May 7, 2002
Though in some ways similar to Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl, Rain is the far superior film.
May 7, 2002
Fulford-Wierzbicki turns in an astutely assured performance as the Lolita-wannabe, and director Christine Jeffs brings a poetic sensuality to the understated tensions.
May 4, 2002
A beguiling and hyper-sensitive anatomy of a hurting family who, lacking openness and trust, fail to communicate.
May 3, 2002
Jeffs has created a breathtakingly assured and stylish work of spare dialogue and acute expressiveness.
May 2, 2002
It has more than a few moments that are insightful enough to be fondly remembered in the endlessly challenging maze of moviegoing.
April 29, 2002
A master work in miniature, an unsentimental yet not unsympathetic portrait of a family falling apart in slow motion.
April 26, 2002
This New Zealand coming-of-age movie isn't really about anything. When it's this rich and luscious, who cares?
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