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Before the Rain (1994)

Pred dozhdot (original title)
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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Milcho Manchevski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégoire Colin ... Kiril (as Gergoire Colin)
Josif Josifovski Josif Josifovski ... Father Marko
Boris Delcevski Boris Delcevski ... Petre
Dejan Velkov Dejan Velkov ... Mate
Kiril Ristoski Kiril Ristoski ... Father Damjan
Mladen Krstevski Mladen Krstevski ... Trifun
Dzemail Maksut Dzemail Maksut ... Kuzman
Labina Mitevska ... Zamira
Mile Jovanovski Mile Jovanovski ... Priest Singing at Funeral
Milica Stojanova Milica Stojanova ... Aunt Cveta
Petar Mircevski Petar Mircevski ... Zdrave
Rade Serbedzija ... Aleksander
Ljupco Bresliski Ljupco Bresliski ... Mitre
Igor Madzirov Igor Madzirov ... Stojan
Kiril Psaltirov Kiril Psaltirov ... Mome
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Language:

Macedonian | English | Albanian | French

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before the Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Skopje, Macedonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$763,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The New York Times include Before the Rain in the "1,000 Best Films Ever Made." See more »

Goofs

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

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

At The Restaurant
Composed By Anastasia
Arranged and Produced by Anastasia
© 1994 PolyGram
(P) 1994 PolyGram
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Perfect Definition & Explanation of the Macedonian Problem
11 February 2004 | by viktor83See 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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