Best Movies by Farr
Watch it on:

    Before the Rain

    Before the Rain Poster
    Before the Rain Poster

    Released

    1994

    Runtime

    113

    Before the Rain

    What's it About

    Three separate but connected stories play out against the backdrop of the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. In Part One (titled “Words”), a young Macedonian priest (Colin), who has taken a vow of silence, shelters an ethnic Albanian girl (Mitevska) from a group of vengeful villagers. Part Two (“Faces”) concerns a London photo editor (Cartlidge) who must break the news to her husband that she’s in love with Aleksandar (Serbedzija), a Macedonian war photographer. Finally, in the concluding segment (“Pictures”), Aleksandar returns to his village in Bosnia to find it torn apart by Christian/Muslim ethnic strife.

    Why we love it

    Manchevski’s thought-provoking cinematic triptych scrambles chronology to make a larger philosophical point. By suggesting that the circle of violence can and must be broken (the refrain “the circle is not round” gets repeated), the director sees a possible end to these seemingly intractable territorial and ethnic conflicts. But, he posits, progress will depend on the willingness of people to re-think their long-engrained perspectives. Among a solid cast, Serbedzija stands out as the world-weary photographer, projecting a forceful, charismatic screen presence. This was the first-ever Macedonian film to be Oscar nominated, and “Rain” fully earns that distinction.