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Before the Rain (1994)

 -  Drama | War  -  24 February 1995 (USA)
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The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Anne
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Aleksander
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Kiril
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Zamira
Jay Villiers ...
Nick
Silvija Stojanovska ...
Hana
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Anne's Mother
Josif Josifovski ...
Father Marko
Kiril Ristoski ...
Father Damjan
Petar Mircevski ...
Zdrave
Ljupco Bresliski ...
Mitre
Igor Madzirov ...
Stojan
Ilko Stefanovski ...
Bojan
Suzana Kirandziska ...
Neda
Katerina Kocevska ...
Kate
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The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her protection. In London, a photographic editor who's pregnant needs to talk it out with her estranged husband and chooses a toney restaurant. She wants permanence with her lover, a prize-winning Macedonian photographer just back from Bosnia, changed by the violence. He leaves abruptly for his village; he's not visited it in 16 years. There he tries to ignore bitter divisions between his Orthodox brethren and local Albanians, then tries to transcend them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Prije kiše  »

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$763,847 (USA)
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Before the Rain (1994) contains quotations from William Shakespeare's plays "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet" and "MacBeth". See more »

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In the restaurant, over 30 shots are fired with a pistol without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Father Marko: I wanted to take a vow of silence, like you. But this heavenly beauty merits words.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a pan over a Macedonian sky covered by dark clouds at dusk. We hear sounds of thunder, when an epigraph from the novel "Dervis i smrt" (The Dervish and Death) by Mesa Selimovic appears on the screen, while a voice is heard reading it: "With a shriek birds flee across the black sky, people are silent, my blood aches from waiting". Afterwards, the titles appear. See more »

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masterful plot and execution
10 May 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This for my money is one of the best films of the last ten years. The plot does a wonderful job of starting and ending in the same place, a device Pulp Fiction stole and did less well. Essential for anyone who wants to understand the conflict between Orthodox and Muslim cultures in the Balkans and anyone who simply enjoys a finely crafted film.


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