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Before the Rains (2008)



Critic Consensus: While lushly photographed and politically suggestive, this soapy melodrama lacks emotional resonance.

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Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement, "Before the Rains" is the English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan. An idealistic young Indian man finds himself torn between his ambitions for the future and his loyalty to the past when people in his village learn of an affair between his British boss and a village woman.

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Critic Reviews for Before the Rains

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 20, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.

May 23, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.

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Audience Reviews for Before the Rains

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.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

In "Before the Rains," it is 1937 in Kerala, India where Henry Moores(Linus Roache) is a planter who is building a road to help his business, risking everything to finish it before the monsoons start. On the personal side, even though he is married, he is carrying on an affair with Sajani(Nandita Das), the family maid, who is trapped in an abusive marriage. One day, the lovers are noticed in a sacred grove by a pair of boys. If "Before the Rains" sounds as predictable and obvious as every other doomed romance you have ever heard of, you would be at least partially right.(What was it Anton Chekhov said about guns, again?) What separates this movie from others of its ilk is the lack of sympathy given to its lead English character who has no true regard for India which is also undergoing spasms of independence. That along with lush cinematography combine to provide a sincere feel for a time and place.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Great movie. Good story plot. Here is a movie by Santosh Sivan. This is a movie that captivates you, and it holds such a great interest that you are left feeling intrigued. Great cast- Nandita Das, Linus Roache, and Rahul Bose. Amazing music. Definitely worth seeing.

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