Before the Rains Reviews

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November 24, 2011
November 18, 2011
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
July 25, 2008
The film is fervently acted and well shot, and Das provides a powerful, emotional force, but there is something a little clanky about the whole project...
July 25, 2008
A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.
April 20, 2019
Expectedly, the cinematography is superb. And Rahul Bose as the conflicted handyman stands out. The rest of it is quite linear and ordinary.
August 15, 2011
If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.
January 21, 2011
Mechanical through and through.
January 8, 2009
Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force.
January 8, 2009
While not without its merits (the performances of Jennifer Ehle and Rahul Bose are particular highlights), Before the Rains ultimately suffers from a downpour of melodrama.
December 19, 2008
The film certainly looks beautiful as it captures the lush beauty of its mountainous, green Indian landscape, but acclaimed cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan is only partially successful when it comes to the storytelling
October 18, 2008
Exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought and ultimately tedious.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
Here is a movie that the late Ismail Merchant would have been happy to have under the Merchant-Ivory banner. James Ivory is very much alive and working, and one assumes he approves as well.
October 18, 2008
An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there.
October 18, 2008
October 1, 2008
One of the most ravishing and breathtakingly beautiful films to come around in a long time.
September 19, 2008
...fails to deliver on the potentially intriguing premise of an interracial romance set in India in 1937, against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement
August 7, 2008
The movie has enough fine acting -- especially by Bose and by Jennifer Ehle as the planter's deceived wife -- and beautiful, razor-sharp cinematography (also by Sivan) to recommend it.
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