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Before the Rain (1994)

Pred dozhdot (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 February 1995 (USA)
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Three interconnected stories of love under the threat of civil war in Macedonia and London.

Director:

Milcho Manchevski
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Before the Rain tells the stories of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. This gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema's most powerful laments on the futility of war. Written by Milcho Manchevski

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Time Never Dies, the Circle is Not Round.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$763,847
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director and writer Milcho Manchevski compared the circular dramatic structure of Before the Rain (1994) to Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher's drawings and called it "an optical illusion in time". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first line]
Father Marko: It's going to rain.
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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 On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming Back Home
Vocals by Daniela Tosic
Composed By Anastasia
Arranged and Produced by Anastasia
© 1994 PolyGram
(P) 1994 PolyGram
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Time is not a Circle, but War is
2 December 2001 | by HanYanSee 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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