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Before The Rain [VHS] [1995]

Katrin Cartlidge , Rade Serbedzija , Milcho Manchevski    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija, Grégoire Colin, Labina Mitevska, Jay Villiers
  • Directors: Milcho Manchevski
  • Writers: Milcho Manchevski
  • Producers: Cat Villiers, Chris Thompson, Cédomir Kolar, David Redman, Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela
  • Language: Albanian, English, Macedonian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 22 April 1996
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CS3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An Oscar nominated foreign language film set in London and the Balkans highlighting the human tragedy involved in civil war. The film was the debut feature of Milcho Manchevski, who was better known for working on pop promo videos.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Circle is Not Round 7 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Before the Rain is an ambitious, moving and ultimately satisfying film from director Milcho Manchevski that demands repeated viewings. The film is structured in three sections, the first and third set in Macedonia, the middle in London, although the structure is circular rather than linear, and the chronology (deliberately) does not make sense. In the first section, "Words", a Macedonian Christian monk (Gregoire Colin) offers sanctuary to a Moslem Albanian girl being sought for a crime she may, or may not, have committed. The section title itself has implications; the Monk, for example, has taken a vow of silence! In the second section, "Faces", a London picture editor Anne ((Katrin Cartlidge) must decide between her husband and a war weary photo journalist Alex (Rade Šerbezija). In the final section, "Pictures", the photo journalist returns to his village in Christian Macedonia after 16 years away and attempts to cope with the hatred and violence between his village and the village of neighbouring Moslem Albanians. While separate, each of these three sections builds on what goes before, gradually supplying more information, until the deadly climax reveals everything. Almost.
If anything the parts are uneven. "Words" is beautifully shot, sparse and compelling; "Pictures" longer and slower as the Alex tries to re-experience a childhood environment now blighted by bigotry and violence between former friends. No-one here is innocent, no-one blameless; only Alex with his "foreign" perspective seems capable of some degree of impartiality. "Faces" is more frenetic in pace, and does feel unbalanced in comparison to the Macedonian sections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Unforgettable 30 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The story is so pungent you will feel transported to an impossible time. Cruelty and love among people suddenly facing opposite sides of a religion war. This is a beautifully constructed drama located somewhere in the Balkans (any "hint" on Bosnia is not a coincidence) where neighbour and friend families are torn apart by intolerance. Time frame is not linear, and that makes the powerful sequence of events an unforgettable experience for the audience. This one, folks, is a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars most amazing film but dont buy this version! 13 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
The picture is reddish and full of scratches, sound is mono. Looks like someone made a camcorder recording from a stolen VHS copy. Returned it straight away and bought the American version instead. It may be a little more money but worth it for a film that so much relies on the beauty of nature to contrast the violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Rain - or After? 12 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
One of the most brilliant films I've ever seen. Other reviews cover well the basics of the film - three ill-fated love stories set in or associated around a war-torn country (Bosnia implied). It draws you in, sickens you, and makes a point of how war goes on and on and on simply because people always always always have a history of mistreatment by others, so always have a reason for their own revenge.

What no other review I've read seems to note is the time trick played by the film. The tales loop back, so that each one takes place after the previous tale, and the first tale takes place after the last one. This simple twist is what makes the points of futility and pain and eternity of war - and is what makes the film so powerful and brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And what is more 30 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
.... and what's even worse is that the frames seem to be cut. Sometimes, even parts of the person's upper heads are missing! What a shame -- such a beautiful movie, such a bad edition!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
One of the greatest movies I've ever seen!!! Based on four different stories narrated with great expressive pathos and ambiented also in London and the beautiful landscapes of Macedonia which will take your breath away!!! The power of the emotions explode in each of the stories. Real masterpiece, thanks to the director Manchevski and the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Wow! This Manchevski dude is a legend. What a powerful movie. It is so very thought provoking and deep stuff. It really blew my mind. I would watch this film many times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. P. A. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, daring image of the Balkan issue
Looks like an unknown masterpiece illustrating inconvenient questions. Daring presentation to an inconvenient audience inside and outside the Balkans. Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by Hendrik Vermaas
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film
This is an great film. Well directed by Manchevski, and tells a wonderful story of love during the times of political unrest in divided Macedonia. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by pinklady3008
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Not well known but beautifully filmed and excellent acting,Subtle and moving.A realistic look at increasing prejudice during the yugoslav conflict... Read more
Published on 10 April 2009 by babycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, story, actors, director!!!
One of the greatest movies I've ever seen!!! Based on four different stories narrated with great expressive pathos and ambiented also in London and the beautiful landscapes of... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A perfect reflect of a film that was excellent in every way. Music reflects the story, the scenary, the people and all the story from the film in a profound way! Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2001 by slaviblazic@hotmail.com
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