Before the Rains Reviews

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July 25, 2008
Acting honours go to Bose, his face an eloquently shifting register of shame, calculation and sympathy.
July 25, 2008
Feels as though it should be a compelling drama, yet it somehow simmers along rather frustratingly with only a couple of moments of genuine tension.
July 25, 2008
The movie is prettily done in a fairly obvious way, but there's little insight into the emerging nationalist movement, which remains at best a shimmering backdrop in soft focus.
July 24, 2008
In another age this Merchant Ivory production would have led the week's reviews. Now it'll be lost to all the superheroes.
July 24, 2008
Given the racy subject matter, this is an oddly chaste and ultimately underwhelming affair, but it's beautifully shot and the performances ensure that it remains watchable.
July 22, 2008
As a melodramatic period potboiler it works well enough.
July 22, 2008
Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...
July 22, 2008
While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
July 19, 2008
A tale of forbidden love, customs, rising nationalism and epic tragedy - exuding Merchant Ivory quality in every frame.
June 20, 2008
India has rarely looked so beautiful onscreen. Against the anguish of his human characters, director Santosh Sivan juxtaposes a tranquil, green world in the hills of the southwestern state of Keralain 1937, 10 years before independence.
June 20, 2008
Don't be deceived by pretty pictures. Before the Rains has a whiff of the thriller about it.
June 20, 2008
When the rains in Before the Rains finally arrive, there's nothing to cleanse, no real dirt to wash away -- not with history already so neatly packaged and polished to a dull shine.
June 12, 2008
This is a story where passion is political and, as with all political indiscretions, the coverup is worse than the crime.
June 1, 2008
[Santosh] Sivan makes it all quite beautiful with verdant imagery and tastefully melodramatic direction, but at the cost of emotional and social ambiguities
May 30, 2008
It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.
May 27, 2008
contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
May 19, 2008
[Bose's T.K.] is both an observer and a reluctant participant in the tragedy, and in Bose's performance we see the intellectual awakening and politicization of a young man.
May 16, 2008
Well-mannered, high-minded and, despite its potentially inflammatory dramatic arc, curiously tepid.
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
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