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Before the Rains Reviews

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August 20, 2017
I tought it is a love story or something.But a story about an asshole.A woman who kills herself for this asshole... nothing special...
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.
April 21, 2013
It's a great story I felt so bad for Laura her husband is a unfaithful person. The only thing is I really did not get the ending of this story i i won't say how it ends but overall all it's a pretty good story about love in India and it's a very pretty scenery.
March 17, 2013
This is Santhosh Sivan magic :)
December 27, 2012
Infidelity only leads to tragedy, that's all I have to say regarding this movie.
½ July 31, 2012
The bitter truth behind letting yr emotions run wild.. good lesson for us all :(
Outcome predictable but nicely done
May 13, 2012
Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
½ January 24, 2012
Quite a good film about what happens when you disrespect other cultures, as the British were notorious for doing when they governed India. The one thing that I hated about this was the stupid snob-kid who's only role was to ask his "Papaa" a series of questions an idiot half his age wouldn't even ask.
January 17, 2012
Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
December 14, 2011
rahul bose and nandita das performed wonderfully.. a sad story..depicting british rule in india and the backwardness of the village life
July 17, 2011
Better Movie then the Director's own 'Asoka'. Strong storyline. It also indirectly explains the nature of Victorian Britishers in India.
February 2, 2011
Before the Rains is a tragic tale worthy of a Shakespearean stage. There's so much symbolism that it might take two or three viewings to fully appreciate it: fireflies, roads, boats, and of course the rain. It's also a sociologist's dream senario. The British stranglehold on India is in the midground but the whole thing is kept on a short leash. Ringside seats. This could just as easily been an opera, or a play, or a poem (if it isn't already). "T.K." has a very interesting perspective and it was wise to stay mostly on his POV. He's the link between the two opposing cultures that are about to explode. You know it's coming. Eventually, we know everything "T.K." knows and unfortunately he knows a bit too much. You're with him when he does what he does. ...you know...the heart wants what it wants but that's seldom the whole story. Two thumbs up!

"What happened to all your high words of love?" - Sajani to Henry
December 23, 2010
not great but isn't terrible.
November 5, 2010
it's a 3 star movie but another star for santosh sivan for shooting kerala so beautifully. every frame of this movie looks like a painting. simple story good performances. what else one expects from rahul bose and nandita das. give it a try.
August 21, 2010
Definitely captivated by this movie. The scenery is breathtaking and takes you back to India at the end of colonial ruling. A love story that ends tragically. Really enjoyed the music.
½ 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.
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.
July 7, 2010
Really? I guess the age of the brown sahib still exists. Historically inaccurate, stereotypically racist, and very much white power propaganda.
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.
½ 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.
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