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Before The Rain

The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Gregoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Oerbedeija) to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema's most powerful laments on the futility of war.



GENRES - international


"...remains as powerful and beguiling as it was 14 years ago. On a commentary track accompanying the film, Columbia University film professor Annette Insdorf calls Before the Rain ''one of the greatest first features in this history of cinema,'' and she's not exaggerating."

-- Miami Herald

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