Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

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This haunting anti-war film offers insight into the reasons for the long history of ethnic wars within the Balkan states. It was filmed in the mountainous country of Macedonia. The film is divided into three very different, yet related stories concerning the problems of war and violence.


Critic Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

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Audience Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

  • Sep 11, 2010
    A well crafted tale with BBC level production value. The end effect is to show how pervasive persistent and wide stretching the conflict between Christians and Moslems is still today. The movie centers around 4 main characters. A Eastern Orthodox monk who has taken a vow of silence. A young Girl he falls in love. His Female cousin who is a photographer and her lover (Rade Serbedzia) most memorable as a bad guy from several movies including MI-2 and the Saint. A tale told in three down beat non-linear parts. I really have to stop watching foreign subtitle movies after a long day of work. Maybe it was me, but I did not feel any investment in the characters. Several of the main characters die on camera in a fairly graphic manor it adds to the plot, but I was not really into the characters anyway.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2010
    As serious and sensitive the issues touched by this film be, it contains beautiful, almost optimistic cinematography to perfectly contrast its brutal themes concerning ethnic clashes. Milcho Manchevski, like Kubrick, has mastered the film's "mise en scene" by way of his earlier inclination for still photography. Another highlight of "Before the Rain" is its circular chronology that somehow intertwines in the end, but was still broken into smaller pieces to further the film's message about, or more specifically, against the idea of violence. At first glance, who would really care about a film about the Macedonian problem? But what really captivated humble viewers of films is its message that does not limit itself in the coasts of Macedonia, nor the unreachable premises of European cinema. It exceeds language barriers and served as a cautionary tale for both on-going and surging civil conflicts.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Before the Rain brought the war miseries in the former Yugoslavia perfectly.The beauty of this movie was not only in the look of war, but it was a perfect example of time circle.It was amazing what director Manchevski accomplished with this wartime drama. The first and third part were set in the former Yugoslavia and was more touching and authentic.Alexander Kirchov a prize winner photographer returned to his homeland after 16 years and witness the war in his village.The director showed us the meaning of the movie title, like something heavy was about to happen, before the rain.The story did not deal with the political aspects,but more human passion and it could lead in different and unexpected directions and how that could affect lives regardless where you are. Beautiful.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2008
    A very deep film that emphasized the inescapability of violence; I thought this film was wonderfully shot including a great storytelling arc and brilliant structure to the entire plot.
    Sheldon C Super Reviewer

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