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Katrin Cartlidge ... Anne

Rade Serbedzija ... Aleksander

Grégoire Colin ... Kiril
Labina Mitevska ... Zamira
Jay Villiers ... Nick
Silvija Stojanovska ... Hana

Phyllida Law ... 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
Vladimir Endrovski ... Trajce
Abdurrahman Shala ... Zekir
Vladimir Jacev ... Alija
Peter Needham ... Maire d'
Rod Woodruff ... Waiter in Fight
Aleksandar Mikic ... Atanas
Meto Jovanovski ... Dr. Saso
Cvetko Mareski ... Boy with Gun
Boris Delcevski ... Petre
Dejan Velkov ... Mate
Mladen Krstevski ... Trifun
Dzemail Maksut ... Kuzman
Mile Jovanovski ... Priest Singing at Funeral
Milica Stojanova ... Aunt Cveta
Kiril Psaltirov ... Mome
Metodi Psaltirov ... Tome
Blagoja Spirkovski-Dzumerko ... Gang Leader
Sando Monev ... Blagoj
Atila Klince ... Sefer
Arben Kastrati ... Ramiz
Daniel Newman ... Ian
Gabrielle Hamilton ... Woman in Cab
Moni Damevski ... George
Ljupcho Todorovski ... Kizo
Melissa Wilks ... Retarded Child (as Melissa Wilkes)
Joe Gould ... Redhead Waiter
Goran ... Goran
Nino Levi ... Mailman
Lence Delova ... Bossy Clerk
Jordan Vitanov ... Policeman
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Directed by
Milcho Manchevski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Milcho Manchevski 

Produced by
Marc Baschet .... co-producer
Judy Counihan .... producer
Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela .... co-producer
Cédomir Kolar .... producer
Sheila Fraser Milne .... associate producer
David Redman .... associate producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
Sam Taylor .... producer
Chris Thompson .... line producer
Goran Tozija .... co-producer (as Gordon Tozija)
Cat Villiers .... producer
Original Music by
Zlatko Origjanski 
Zoran Spasovski 
Goran Trajkoski 
Cinematography by
Manuel Teran 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Moni Damevski 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
David Munns 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Sue Yelland 
Makeup Department
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Sandra Ivatovic .... assistant hair stylist (as Sandra Todorovic)
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
Radmila Todorovic .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Stevan Acevski .... production manager (as Stevce Acevski)
Stevce Acevski .... production manager
Simon Hardy .... production manager
Nikola Popovic .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanja Aljinovic .... assistant director
Filip Cemerski .... third assistant director
Moni Damevski .... third assistant director
Nicolas Gaster .... second unit director
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director
Zoran Mladenovic .... first assistant director
Alex Nikolic .... dga trainee
Stuart Renfrew .... third assistant director
Mary Soan .... assistant director
Piers Thompson .... assistant director
Art Department
Nicole Albert .... set dresser
St. John Bowman .... prop master
Annabel Hands .... stand-by props
Mike Houseman .... construction manager
Colin Hutton .... art department assistant
Robert Jazadziski .... art department assistant
Nikola Lazarevski .... assistant art director
Vangel Mijovski .... stand-by props
Pance Minov .... assistant art director
Pance Minov .... set dresser
Michael T. Roberts .... assistant art director
Gico Stratiev .... prop master
Gary Cergol .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Polly Aitken .... footsteps editor
Peter Baldock .... sound
Simon Cox .... boom operator
Peter Elliott .... dialogue editor
Aidan Hobbs .... sound recordist
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Marton Jankov-Tomica .... boom operator (as Morton Jankov)
Keith Lowes .... dubbing associate
Laurie McDowell .... sound: second unit
Clive Pendry .... assistant sound mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Fontana .... special effects
Valentin Lozev .... special effects
Parvan Parvanov .... stunt coordinator
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Sead Bihorac .... grip assistant
Petar Bogoeski .... gaffer
Fero Brant .... assistant camera
John Donne .... key grip
Rémy Fourneron .... focus puller
Bob Horsefield .... best boy
Milisav Krstevski .... best boy
Philippe Le Sourd .... camera operator: second unit
Philippe Le Sourd .... focus puller
Mane Naskov .... grip assistant
Jason Olive .... clapper loader
Sreten Pakovski .... assistant camera
John Pardue .... assistant camera
Thierry Pouget .... focus puller
Simon Reeves .... camera operator: second unit
Dragan Salkovski .... camera operator: second unit
Vladimir Samoilovski .... Steadicam operator
Kenny Sykes .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tina Foster .... wardrobe assistant
Katya Ivanova .... wardrobe assistant
Zaklina Krstevska .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kim Gaster .... second assistant editor
Laurie McDowell .... first assistant editor
Anne Sopel .... associate editor
Transportation Department
Zoran Risteski .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Leonard Vigas Dos Santos .... production assistant
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Renée Glynne .... script supervisor
Eve Heeks .... assistant accountant
Biki Jandrevska .... production assistant
Catherine Lecompte .... production accountant
Biljana Mirkovic .... script supervisor
Mira Nikcevska .... production secretary
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
David Pinnington .... unit location manager
Patrice Salja .... production assistant
Chloe Sizer .... production associate
Matthew Wilson .... chief executive: Aim Productions
Kim Ballard .... special thanks
Mike Downey .... special thanks

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113 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The New York Times include Before the Rain in the "1,000 Best Films Ever Made."See more »
Continuity: In the restaurant, over 30 shots are fired with a pistol without reloading.See more »
[first line]
Father Marko:It's going to rain.
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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
From Macedonia With Love, 1 February 2000
Author: Kirill Galetski ( from St. Petersburg, Russia

The wars in former Yugoslavia have resounded in every corner of that region, and have ignited all manner of subsequent ethnic and religious conflicts within the newly-formed republics. Focusing world attention upon the region through the media has occasionally had the positive effect of raising awareness of the conflicts through art. The work of artists from former Yugoslavia has found an appreciation that has never really existed before, partly due to the fact that they are the most fit to interpret the events there. The republic of Macedonia is certainly experiencing its share of strife.

Nestled in between the countries of Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Albania, it is surrounded by strained relations on all sides, countries that have refused to recognize its autonomy for a long time. A significant Albanian Moslem minority feuds with the dominant Orthodox Christian Slav population. Hardly a week passes without a new arms network running from Alabania to Macedonia being discovered. Despite the presence of U.N. peacekeeping forces, armed skirmishes ravage the countryside.

Milcho Manchevski left his native Macedonia to pursue a college education in the U.S. He studied film at Southern Illinois University. Upon graduating, he moved to New York and began working on commercial, experimental films, and music videos. BEFORE THE RAIN is his first full-length feature, for which he returned to his native country to make. He was able to secure British and French financing with his creative, authoritative and topical screenplay. An inspiring tale about the senselessness of war and the fragility of humans and their loves, the film is, despite some minute flaws, one of the most passionate and sublime cinematic statements of the '90s.

It has an intriguing, if not wholly original non-linear narrative structure. Through three episodes titled, "Words," "Faces," and "Pictures," respectively, the viewer is introduced to three characters whose lives interconnect from minute to strongly significant ways.

Kiril (Gregoire Collin, of OLIVIER, OLIVIER) is a young novice in an Orthodox monastery who cannot help but hide Zamira (Labina Mitevska), a fugitive Albanian girl, from the villagers who want to execute her for murdering a shepherd. He does it out of the goodness of his heart, but perhaps also out of the beginnings of a lustful affection for her. They flee north in an attempt to find Kiril's uncle in Skopje, and meet with dire hardship and tragedy.

Meanwhile, in England, Anne (Katrin Kartlidge, most familiar as the lisping goth girl from Mike Leigh's film NAKED), a photo editor is in the midst of a personal crisis. She is becoming more and more disaffected with her husband Nick (Jay Villiers) while experiencing a difficult, confused relationship with her lover, Aleksandar (Rade Serbedzija), an award-winning native Macedonian photographer. Unsure of what to do, she distances herself from both men, but cannot stem the tide of the turbulent events all around her. The story dispenses with her husband in somewhat contrived way, and she ends up trying to find Aleksandar, who has since left for Macedonia.

Aleksandar returns to his native village, only to find that the overall climate has radically changed, and the simple life he tries to rediscover has since been made more complex by the feuds with the Albanians. His return is met with mixed reactions from warm welcomes from his close friends, to cold-shouldering by the newly-armed local anti-Albanian faction, to outright hatred from some of the Albanians. When his childhood love from a neighboring village seeks his aid to help protect her daughter, Aleksandar is thrust into the heart of the conflict, and his refusal to takes sides has tragic repercussions.

Serbedzija interprets the role with a noble, morally centered sense of confidence. One of former Yugoslavia's most well known and respected actors Serbedzija found his role to be a way of protesting the conflicts in his region-"As an artist, as someone well-known, I had to speak out against nationalism and war. As Aleksandar was presumed to take sides, so was I. It's my story. What ends up happening to Aleksandar, when cousins take arms against cousins, has happened to many in former Yugoslavia and it could happen to me."

With its non-linear structure, the time-line of the film is somewhat incoherent, and there are some plot developments in the middle segment, occurring in England, which are a bit too pat. These are balanced by the striking, somewhat exotic visuals and original, exhilarating neo-ethnic music by a group called Anastasia, fine acting (especially by Collin and Serbedzija), and an overall poignant sense of the waste of war, even a war in its beginnings.

Manchevski illuminates his use of the film's title-"There was this sense of something heavy beginning to happen, something looming in the air. At the same time life was continuing as before. This story doesn't deal with the political aspects of how wars start. It's about human passion and how it can lead one in different, unexpected directions. It's about how a war somewhere in the world might get started and how that can affect your life regardless of where you are. Ultimately, it's about taking sides."

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