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In this triptych of inhumanity, Manchevski answers that, finally, man's humanity is as immutable as his violence. And that, finally, love is a given that keeps on giving.
We'll have to wait for Manchevski's next feature to know whether he's an artist or a shrewd entertainer. In the meantime, Before the Rain is one of the more worthy efforts of the season.
It shakes you up the way many other notable foreign-language film debuts once did -- films like"Breathless, The 400 Blows or Knife in the Water.
[This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times.
Striking and ambitious.
Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions.
Brilliantly filmed by writer-director Milcho Manchevski in the rugged hills of Macedonia and the gray streets of London, this three-part tale proves a revelation, spellbindingly told and disturbingly contemporary.
This is a formidable debut for Manchevski, who wrote the film as well as directed it... If all his films are as noble, beautiful and humane as his first, the American cinema will have a new master.
The cast of international players is excellent, with Serbedzija delivering an especially fine performance as Aleksandar, a humanistic photographer.
It has an unnerving feel, angrily observing the way meaningless violence can suddenly blossom and suck in innocents.
Most of the characters are two-dimensional embodiments of commonplace attitudes, and few of the narrative developments gather much momentum.
Manchevski's storytelling abilities do not yet have the self-assured sweep and coherence of his visuals, but Before the Rain is nonetheless a poetic statement.
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.
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.
*On my "best of the 1990s" list.
If you can find it, get it for sure!
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