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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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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

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 film grossed $763,847 in the US, much higher than most box office performances of other Macedonian films. 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 »

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Pass Over
Composed By Anastasia
Arranged and Produced by Anastasia
© 1994 PolyGram
(P) 1994 PolyGram
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One of the best movies I've ever seen
11 September 2003 | by peter_olsson_1See all my reviews

Beautiful, hard hitting, but still both simple and realistic. One of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. I saw it the first time in 1997 I think and I've seen it at least twenty times so far and it grows bigger every time. I love this movie and can't give any bad comments about it. Some amy say there are some

beautiful scenes here and some ugly scenes there, but I love it just like it is and it's hard to change that.

Firs, the the acting is excellent and the main character Rade Serbedzija does a wonderful work as a cynical, down-to-earth photographer, who knows he can't

escape his destiny and identity, Katrin Cartlidge does an equally impressive job, as well as a lot o the Macedonian bad and good guys of the film.

Secondly, the cinematography wonderfully depicts the harsh Macedonian

landscapes and sceneries, as well as the torn souls of the land. The music has the same impact and feels so natural with the cinematography.

Finally, I could never complaint about the directors excellent work. This was his debut if I'm not wrong and that was very promising, but I suppose this was his "Citizen Kane" and it'll probably be impossible to make anything similar.

One rarely sees anything from Macedonia.But this is not only good for

Macedonian cinema, it should have won the Oscar that year.


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