Before the Rain (1994)

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The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Republic of Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Labina Mitevska ...
Jay Villiers ...
Silvija Stojanovska ...
Anne's Mother
Josif Josifovski ...
Father Marko
Kiril Ristoski ...
Father Damjan
Petar Mircevski ...
Ljupco Bresliski ...
Igor Madzirov ...
Ilko Stefanovski ...
Suzana Kirandziska ...
Katerina Kocevska ...


The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Republic of 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 <>

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Once You Know The Faces You Will Begin To Understand The Story


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Prije kiše  »

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$763,847 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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


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


Father Marko: Time never dies. The circle is never round.
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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 »


References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Time is not a Circle, but War is
2 December 2001 | by (Hong Kong/ Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

A poignant tragedy about hatred, war, love and taking sides.

Time is not linear in the movie, but the director blatantly tells us that time is not a circle, so what is? The story is, and perhaps war is.

The story is told in three parts, with highly ironic titles: Words, Faces, and Pictures. Each story has meticulously planned, but highly disturbing parallels. The story-telling of the movie requires diligent planning, down to every single detail, exceptional creativity, and extraordinary persistence. Perhaps that's why the director Milcho Manchevski was fired by both commercial producers Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox for "creative differences"

Before the Rain talks about hate, and how the power of hate can rise above love. It talks about taking sides, the central character in each section tries not to take sides, but circumstances often prove such efforts futile. As with Kiril and Aleksander.

In the film, all events happened before the rain, this sense of urgency, this beautiful sadness, and this inevitable tragedy. Before the Rain is my all time favourite movie.

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