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It is summer. Thirteen-year-old Janey and her family settle into their isolated cottage for another perfect seaside holiday. Her days are full of swimming and fishing. At night her parents give parties where the adults drink, dance, and flirt. Janey i

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This is the first and perhaps least known of a spurt of great girl films from Down Under, highlighted by Alicia Fulford's delightful performance. The other films, of course, were Rabbit Proof Fence (Everlyn Sampi) and Whale Rider (Keisha Castle-Hughes). This Oceanic "Girl-Trilogy" gives us a great perspective into the region's three primary ethnic groups: Europeans, Aborigines, and the Maori.
The female director of Rain apparently used to make music videos, which show in the fine cinematography and soundtrack. The film often looks grainy and distorted, which helps to evoke a mood of hazy memories of a childhood summer vacation.
The storyline appears to borrow heavily from Satyajit Ray's 1955 classic Hindu cinema debut, Pather Panchali. But it builds upon that base admirably with the added thematic dimensions of Janey's flowering feminine beauty and her family's unfulfilling bourgeois life, all framed beautifully with the marvelous cinematography and score.
I have a hunch that in 5-10 years when all the glow comes off the other famous film trilogy from New Zealand, these three neglected feminine tales will all be viewed as superior films. Why wait for the masses, enjoy this film now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rain - An element of cinema for all the senses July 25 2003
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I've only seen this film once, but once is enough to proclaim this flick as my new all-time favourite! The cinematography and location of the film in scenic New Zealand is absolutely and positively phenominal, and that alone would have anyone gazing in amazement at the simplistic beauty and phenominal nature of the film narrated by the main character: Janey. Simple, beautiful, natural, and amazing - four elements of a wholesome and gratifyingly delicious story of life, old/young love, jealously, adultery, escape, guilt, imagination, sorrow, regret, innocense, and death, amongst a broken family of four attempting to tape together the pieces - all in perspective through the eyes of a twelve year old..... Now you do the math! Two thumbs, and Five Stars for a movie that's 'as right as rain': )
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... in giving this film such high praise (along with several notable newspapers on the back advertising flap), but RAIN did sport the undercurrents of a possible brewing storm. Unfortunately, the real RAIN probably begins after the film's tragic (but not entirely unpredictable) climax.
A summer holiday at a shack of a coastal home is the principal setting for this slow moving tale of 13-year-old Janey. At first, she appears an ordinary teen ... hoping for the life of a supermodel and sneaking a drink of alcohol when mom and dad aren't watching. As the film progresses, we quickly learn that Janey is a teen coming to grips with her budding sexuality -- far faster than most her age -- thanks to the knowing extramarital daliances of her mother with a local friend. Intrigued by accidentally witnessing their forbidden kiss, Janey begins to feel the yearnings of sexual attraction. The destination it leads her, however, is one exploring the loss of far more than simple innocence.
Nearly an exercise in boredom through much of the story, RAIN juxtaposes ordinary existence with the oft-explored 'coming of age' tale with mixed results. At times, RAIN boasts some astonishingly beautiful photography (some desperately grim, some wonderfully lush), but some scenes are slightly out-of-focus (intentional?) or characters heads are completely chopped off in the 1:33:1 ratio in which it was filmed. The film sports a soundtrack that is harsh, at times, and I found myself constantly questioning the director's annoying choice of background music and incessantly long film scenes with minimal cuts. A tighter pace might've improved RAIN's inevitable lingering timing, but perhaps that isn't what the director wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A KIWI GEM June 6 2003
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Set during a lazy summer holiday alongside the New Zealand coast RAIN explores the dynamic relationship between mother and daughter. Thirteen-year-old Janey is entering adolescence when her primary role model, her mother, is frequently drunk and engaging in infidelity acts. Torn between swimming and fishing with her younger brother Jim and imitating her mother's actions Janey appears to have a duel persona throughout the film. While watching over Jim during one of her parent's loud music and booze parties Janey manages to sneak alcohol and cigs while spontaneously kissing boys. RAIN does an admirable job in exploring how Janey explores her new devious side influenced by her mother along with her devoted love to Jim. Unfortunately this DVD lacks any special features and as previously stated by another reviewer I fail to comprehend the significance of the title (or maybe I'm thinking too hard). Although a couple of the plot developments were predictable it didn't deter too much from my enjoyment of this film. RAIN is a worthwhile film as Janey's troubles easily transcend national borders and is relevant to both girls and women across the globe. Enjoy!
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