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Before the Rain (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 February 1995 (USA)
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In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.

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Kiril (as Gergoire Colin)
Josif Josifovski ...
Boris Delcevski ...
Petre
Dejan Velkov ...
Mate
Kiril Ristoski ...
Father Damjan
Mladen Krstevski ...
Trifun
Dzemail Maksut ...
Kuzman
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Mile Jovanovski ...
Priest Singing at Funeral
Milica Stojanova ...
Aunt Cveta
Petar Mircevski ...
Zdrave
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Ljupco Bresliski ...
Mitre
Igor Madzirov ...
Stojan
Kiril Psaltirov ...
Mome
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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 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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Drama | War

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24 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Before the Rain  »

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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$763,847
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Annette Insdorf, renowned Professor of Film at 'Columbia University' considers Before the Rain (1994) "one of the greatest first features in the history of cinema". See more »

Goofs

Aleksander is shoot in the back, but when the body is moved we can see the bullet holes not in his back but in his chest. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

So maki sum se rodil jas
(Traditional Macedonian Folk song)
Vocals by Vanja Lazarova Dimitrovska (aka Vanja Lazarova)
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Really impressive, a mind-changing masterpiece
20 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is by far, the most touching movie i've ever seen. I think it impressed me just the same as "Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence", though "Before the Rain" is a much more beautiful movie. It's a raw depicture of the Balkans conflict, but also a beautiful one. One with loads of violence but growing from this violence, there's love and compassion.The most touching movie i've ever seen.


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