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A Little Rain Must Fall (1997)

The tale of a group of typical twenty-somethings, living in London at the end of the 20th Century. An exploration of hard choices, hard luck and hard living. A dip into the youth culture ... See full summary »

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The tale of a group of typical twenty-somethings, living in London at the end of the 20th Century. An exploration of hard choices, hard luck and hard living. A dip into the youth culture that is so prevalent in any major city today. A foray into drugs, drink, relationships, growing up, responsibility, lessons to be learnt, changing values and morals and the realization that no matter how far (or fast) you run, the battles are the same wherever you are. "A Little Rain Must Fall" - sometimes life has a way of catching up with you. Written by Sally McLean

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Disturbing expose on Britain's youth culture in the late 20th Century
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Being a fan of Sally McLean's, when a friend got hold of a copy of this film, I sat down to watch it with great interest and high expectations.

And I wasn't disappointed. What I found was a tightly written and superbly acted piece that explored the difficulties of being a twenty-something living in London in the last throes of the 20th Century.

Very similar to the Australian television series "The Secret Life of Us" (which aired here on Channel 4 in 2001), this film is funny, touching, absorbing and confronting. The relationships between the characters are raw and realistic - sometimes disturbingly so.

The cast were all terrific - and the addition of an Australian and Japanese character to the predominantly English cast made the film more cosmopolitan and interesting. It was wonderful to see Aki Omori in the film, as I was also a great fan of "Freaky Realistic" and have their album constantly on my CD player. The character of "John" (played by James Buckley) was also a fabulous creation and the chemistry between him and Sally as "Andy" was brilliant to watch.

The only complaint I have is that the direction was sometimes rather uninspired - particularly in the dialogue scenes. However, as the previous reviewer has said, the nightclub and London night scenes made up for it by creating a collage of clashing, gaudy images that were effective and illustrative of the drug culture in any large city today.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. I laughed and, yes, I got a little misty-eyed too. It was a brilliant ensemble piece that took a hard long look at the trials and tribulations of being a single twenty-something living in one of the largest cities in the world. It is only a shame that it didn't get to our television screens so more people could have enjoyed it.


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