Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)
as Anne's Mother
as Father Marko
as Father Damian
as Aunt Cveta
as Priest Singing at Funeral
as Gang Leader
as Woman in Cab
as Maitre d'
as Retarded Child
as Redhead Waiter
as Waiter in Fight
as Dr. Saso
as Boy with Gun
as Bossy Clerk
Critic Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)
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.
Audience Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)
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.
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