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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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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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$763,847 (USA)
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The New York Times include Before the Rain in the "1,000 Best Films Ever Made." See more »

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

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Father Marko: I wanted to take a vow of silence, like you. But this heavenly beauty merits words.
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The movie starts with a shot of a Macedonian sky covered with dark clouds at dusk, with sounds of thunder, when an epigraph from a novel ''Dervis i smrt'' (The Dervish and Death) by Mesa Selimovic appears on the screen, with voice heard as though from on high, reading it: "With a shriek birds flee across the black sky, people are silent, my blood aches from waiting" Afterwards, the credits start to roll on black screen. See more »

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Perfect Definition & Explanation of the Macedonian Problem
11 February 2004 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film by Milcho Manchevski is the ideal when talking about explaining and defining the Macedonian problem. I am Macedonian but I live in Germany. So I think I have an overview so that I am able to criticize. The problem between the ethnic groups in Macedonia go around in circles. But in the end it turns out that the circle goes round like a ferry wheel. Everything is happening again and again. The circle is not round though. In every end there is a change. A change which always makes the new beginning worse. In a way it is like a spiral. And Manchevski is smartly telling three stories. They are not linear, but in a way they come close to what the problem really is like. With the last episode he connects the three stories, and you can feel the message - his message.

Unfortunately this film was quite popular only in Europe and I think even in the US, but in Macedonia it was rarely seen by the people. I think if every single Macedonian Citizen had seen and understood this movie, it would be much easier to solve the Macedonian problem today. Because what it says is that we ourselves kill each other. Because of hatred and ethnic principles we force ourselves to fight against each other. And that is exactly why it is leading to nowhere. Because it is a circle...and the circle is not round. And one day, when the spiral is at its end, it's going to be too late.


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