Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)



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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Criterion Collection


Rade Serbedzija
as Aleksander
Phyllida Law
as Anne's Mother
Josif Josifovski
as Father Marko
Kiro Ristevski
as Father Damian
Milica Stojanova
as Aunt Cveta
Igor Madzirov
as Stojan
Mile Jovanovski
as Priest Singing at Funeral
Sando Monev
as Blagoj
Gabrielle Hamilton
as Woman in Cab
Moni Damevski
as George
Peter Needham
as Maitre d'
Melissa Wilkes
as Retarded Child
Joe Gould
as Redhead Waiter
Rod Woodruff
as Waiter in Fight
Meto Jovanovski
as Dr. Saso
Cvetko Mareski
as Boy with Gun
as Goran
Nino Levi
as Mailman
Lence Delova
as Bossy Clerk
Jordan Vitanov
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

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.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

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New York Daily News
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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.

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Chicago Tribune
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[This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times.

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TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Striking and ambitious.

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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions.

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Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Bill Cavros
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer


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 Chau
Sheldon Chau

Super Reviewer

*On my "best of the 1990s" list.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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