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Product Details

  • Actors: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Leopold Benedict
  • Directors: Santosh Sivan
  • Writers: Cathy Rabin, Dan Verete
  • Producers: Amotz Zakai, Andrew Spaulding, Ashok Rao, Doug Mankoff, Howard Frumes
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Sept. 16 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001BNFR76
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Product Description

Genre: Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 16-SEP-2008
Media Type: DVD

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cinematography Sept. 26 2008
By K. Kumar - Published on
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Before the Rains is an enjoyable movie with everything going for it. Breathtaking visuals complimented with good acting and a strong storyline makes it a winner. There may be some scenes which wouldn't make much sense to a Western mind but I do think the movie is true to it's timeline of India before independence, the fragile Brit-Indian relationship and finally the endless superstitions some of which continue to prevail to this day.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Jan. 31 2009
By SplitEdit - Published on
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A subtle, thoughtful story about the sins of inaction, and the sacrifices needed to create peace in a tribal world.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! Sept. 20 2008
By enoneal - Published on
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This movie was amazing... The writing was great, the acting perfect and the directing superb! Linus Roache shines as always. Just remember to look for hidden meanings and always expect the unexpected!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush And Sensual Jan. 8 2010
By Ruthie J - Published on
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Racial and sexual tensions run high in this tragic story of illicit love between a British planter and a village woman in 1937 India. Linus Roache is the planter who hopes to build a road before the Monsoon comes. Kandita Das is Sejani, the lovely servant woman in his house. She is married to a brutal man much older than she. He is married too - with a wife (Jennifer Ehle of Pride and Prejudice), and a young son who are visiting from England. The lovers drive into the jungle (the sacred grove) to make love. It's only a matter of time before Sejani is seen there with a man and her husband finds out.

Events start to tumble out of control as the villagers spike up their protests against British rule, which brings work on the new road to a stop. The native manservant, aware of the affair between the two lovers, becomes torn between two worlds - his own heritage and concern for Sejani - and the promise of greater prosperity in partnership with the British.

The photography is stunning in its scope and beauty of the wild, untamed jungles of Southern India and its intermittant sculpted tea plantations. An absolutely gripping tale, beautifully told!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No one gets lost on a straight road" Oct. 24 2008
By Z Hayes - Published on
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"Before the Rains" is a sumptuous period drama set during the waning days of British imperialism in India. Most of the natives are clamoring for freedom from the colonialists yet the British carry on with their enterprises - one such enterprise is by Henry Moores [Linus Roache], a British tea planter who hopes to build a road to transport spices from the Indian state of Kerala. Moores is ably assisted by his loyal right-hand man TK [Rahul Bose] who tries to maintain a balance between two worlds, East and West, often precariously. Moores' family is back in England and from the beginning of the movie, viewers are made aware of his illicit affair with his beguiling maidservant, the married Sanjani [Nandita Das].

When a tryst between the two is discovered by two village kids, it sets off a calamitious chain of events - Moores' family [consisting of Jennifer Ehle as his wife and a young son] return only to find things have changed, Sanjani's brute of a husband tries to physically beat the truth out of her, and TK is stuck between his loyalty to Moores and his desire to do what is right. A tragic incident acts as a catalyst that propels the story towards its inevitable conclusion.

Some may feel the story is all too predictable - the 'evil' colonialist who takes advantage of the innocent local woman, the Indian assistant who wishes to straddle both worlds but finds himself not fully belonging to either one etc, but "Before the Rains" is more than that. Moores' character as played by Linus Roache does show traces of redemption, and neither is Nandita Das' Sanjani just a plain old gullible village woman. This is a woman who fully knows the repercussions of her actions and is altogether willing, albeit naive. TK as credibly portrayed by Rahul Bose shows us the inner conflict in a man who believes in unity between the colonialists and Indians, yet finds that in the end, he does need to make a choice - as his father tells him "No one gets lost on a straight road".

The cinematography is achingly beautiful [not surprising given that the director Santosh Sivan is a successful one himself] and the score is haunting -it captures the beauty of Kerala [which happens to be one of the most beautiful states in Southern India] in all its resplendent glory. All in all, I'd recommend this to those who love period dramas, and also fans of Merchant-Ivory productions.