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Before the Rain

Katrin Cartlidge , Rade Serbedzija , Milcho Manchevski    Unrated   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By BJJW
Format:VHS Tape
This movie probably will not be understood by everybody. It either grabs you or has no effect on you at all. I do not know if the story is true or not, but it is portraied in a realistic way that could very well be based on if not one then a few true events and stories. The movie is not about anyone in the film but about people as they trully are - naive, selfish and afraid. It is a remarkable piece of art and I suggest finding the music from the movie as it is touching as the movie itself. The music is done by a band called "Anastazia" from ex-Yugoslavia parts.
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Milcho Manchevski's directorial debut is an obtuse Macedonian trilogy of violence. In "Words", a young monk hides an Albanian terrorist. This is the best realised of the 3 stories, intensely shot, with the sensibility of a silent movie, until the guns start firing. "Faces" is almost a parody of the intensity of "Words", making it unintentionally hilarious. A London photographic editor is pregnant, but to her husband or to her photographer lover? Manchevski goes mad with his camera, rolling around in a taxi and jump-cutting between a couple in a restaurant. The technique ridicules the actors' attempts at performance - and then the guns start firing. The London editor has stills of "Words", so we know something funny is going on. "Pictures" features the photographer returning to Macedonia to visit his cousin's village, where the soldiers from "Words" hang out. It turns out the Albanian terrorist may be his daughter. And then the guns ... But the circle is not round. "Pictures" is as ponderous as "Faces" is fast, and we are glad to see the photographer get it in the back, particularly as Rade Serbedzija is intolerably posey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MAKES YOU ACHE Feb. 22 2001
By EriKa
Format:VHS Tape
A parable told backwards... or in a roundabout fashion that is somewhat confusing to follow at first. This is a painful film and at times next to impossible to watch because it is just cruel and painful altogether. It describes deep rooted ethnic conflicts between Macedonians and ethnic Albanians who also reside in Macedonia. The tale focuses on a Macedonian man who has long since left Macedonia and its problems to become a photographer. He lives in London and is having an affair with a woman (played by Katrin Cartlidge who also played in British film Career Girls and Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves) who announces she is pregnant. She has no clue about the things he has seen and done in the war he has just photographed in Bosnia. He returns to Macedonia to visit family and experiences again the violence and hatred between the people. The details of how things unravel so rapidly and irreparably are better left for the viewer to see for him or herself. I will say that this is a powerful film with a stunning soundtrack, and you will be better for having seen it and contemplated it.
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The film is not only about war in the balkans.It is a more deeper account of how hatred, which i think is put forward as a natural character of society and consequently human nature, perpetuates. How it doesnt have a beginning nor an end. How there is no real victim or an opressor. How it is hard or even impossible to pinpoint the guilty ones. It is a kind of dark comment that there is not a safe haven where people are exempt from fight, cruelty, violence, and senseless killings. But the story also doesnt forget to show that as much as hate is a nondisposible trait of society, where nationalist pride, prejudice, stereotyping and many other ignorant and dangerous attitudes are side products, it is just one side of the coin. It is like the rainclouds that travel through leaving its place to the sun at one place to gather its strenght somewherelse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Films of Our Time June 13 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I never grow tired of watching BEFORE THE RAIN. It is, first, a stunningly beautiful piece of cinematography. The camera pans natural vistas, churches, London streets, and the faces of the interlocking characters with sensitivity, wisdom, and love. The three parts of the film mesh with perfect paradox, underscoring the recurring theme that time is not a circle. We see the young, the old, the weak, the strong, the living, and the dead all intermingling with an incoherent rap song which blasts from speakers the world over. The pacing is ideal; the plot is ingenious; the message is eternal. BEFORE THE RAIN should be reissued on videocassette and offered on DVD. It moves me as much as any film I've ever seen. Even American high-school students are captivated by it, and that in itself in a small miracle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very special moment that I've ever had... Feb. 20 2000
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By chance, I happened to see this movie on T.V today and the story still remains in my heart. Because I'm here in Asia and brought up here I was not much interested in wars of eastern Europe and did't know much about that. But through this film I could have a chance to meet other world and their problems which are very different with things I've ever known. especially I love the exotic atmosphere (music, the way people live, culture, natural scene, the looks of the house, church) and this kind of atmosphere are still touching and moving my heart. I really can't understand and don't want to understand how religion - which is for the better world and grobal unification - somewhat contributed to make hatred and brutality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Drama, In Need of a DVD Issue
Although this movie is currently out of print in VHS in the US, if you go to the DVD section of Amazon and do a search for it you can sign up to be notified should it ever get a... Read more
Published on April 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It worths 10 stars!
Ends with a highly philosophical question!
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Ada Hung
5.0 out of 5 stars TIME WELL SPENT!
This is one film, i'm just glad i know about! the narrative structure is quite inventive and its right up there with memento, pulp fiction, run lola run, etc.. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY SMOKES!
This is one film, i'm just glad i know about! the narrative structure is quite inventive and its right up there with memento, pulp fiction, run lola run, etc.. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Putting The Crisis Into Perspective
Quite a disturbing film we have here. It is very realistic, in that it shows you how life is in this part of Macedonia with the fighting going on with the Albanians. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by S. Sommerville
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Film!!
I own a vhs copy of this film and if you are considering buying it I would strongly recommend that you do so (even if you haven't seen it yet). Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by T. Petroff
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is an absolutly amazing film. It is a must see and will change your perspective!
Published on March 8 2002 by Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
I can't say anything about this movie that hasn't already been posted in a past review, so I'll just say that it is possible on of the best films ever made. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by M. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars a moving protrait of a place close to a civil war
However confusing the backwards order of the movie's 3 parts may be, images and story itself remains deeply moving. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by "webdak-com"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This movie stands out from others from the last decade--it's not flashy, showy, pretentious or brazen. Yet, in its own quiet way, it has a profound impact on the viewer. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2000 by jman
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