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Rain (2001)

Whilst on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks.

Director:

Christine Jeffs

Writers:

Kirsty Gunn (novel), Christine Jeffs

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Cast

Cast overview:
Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki ... Janey
Sarah Peirse ... Kate
Marton Csokas ... Cady
Alistair Browning ... Ed
Aaron Murphy Aaron Murphy ... Jim
David Taylor ... Sam
Chris Sherwood ... Ron
Claire Dougan Claire Dougan ... Joy
Alison Routledge ... Heather
Pino Scopas Pino Scopas ... Pino
Ross Harper Ross Harper ... Partygoer #1
Jane Irwin Jane Irwin ... Partygoer #2
Tom Evans Tom Evans ... Partygoer #3
Andi Reveley Andi Reveley ... Partygoer #4
Lu Rathe Lu Rathe ... Boat Cleaner
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Storyline

Janey is on vacation with her brother, Jim, mother, Kate, and father Ed, at their beach house on the Mahurangi Peninsual in New Zealand. Ed and Kate, who are on the verge of divorce, sit around in the back yard all day drinking whiskey and Janey and Jim are left to their own devices. Cady, a local boatee who is having an affair with Kate, catches Janey's pubescent eye. In response to his wife's drinking problem and recurring infidelity, Ed turns to alcohol, ignoring his children almost as much as his wife, which eventually leads to a character's fate. Written by NZFILM

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuva de Verão See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,222, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$455,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$492,661
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

Although the film is set in the 1970s, the "Clipsal" type electric light switch seen on the bathroom wall in close up in one scene dates from the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Janey: I'd like to have some nice photo's.
Jim: Why?
Janey: 'Cause I want to.
Ed: What for?
Janey: My portfolio.
Ed: Why do you need a portfolio?
Janey: I don't know.
Ed: What would you do with a portfolio?
Janey: I think it'd give me good confidence.
Ed: I didn't think you needed it.
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Soundtracks

Cry Wolf
Written by Lisa Germano (as L. Germano), M. Segal and J. Joyce)
Universal - Songs of Polygram Int., inc./Neeha Music/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp. (BMI)
o/b/o Crossfire Music and Jay Joyce Music
Performed by Lisa Germano
Licensed courtesy of 4AD
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Profound, Powerful, Nostalgic and Sensitive Coming to Age and Family Drama
28 March 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New Zealand, the teenager Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki), her young brother Jim (Aaron Murphy), her mother Kate (Sarah Peirse) and her father Ed (Alistair Browning) are spending their summer vacation in a seaside cottage. Janey takes care of Jim most of the time, teaches him how to have endurance under the water, and observes the behavior of her parents, whose marriage is near the end. Kate and Ed promote many parties in the house and mainly Kate drinks a lot. She is also having an affair with the photographer and owner of a boat, Cady (Marton Csokas). The confused adolescent, rebel with her mother and dealing with a growing sexuality, tries to act like an adult with tragic consequences to the family.

"Rain" is a great surprise, being a profound, powerful, nostalgic and sensitive coming to age and family drama. The impressive and very mature debut of the young actress Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki in the key role of Janey would certainly deserve a nomination to the Oscar if "Rain" were a Hollywood movie. The story is very simple and dramatic, but never corny, all the characters are very well developed though their personal dramas and the very convincing performance of the unknown cast is amazing and touching. This is the first work of director Christine Jeffs that I see, and I am very impressed with her sensibility and taste. The music score is wonderful, and the cinematography is indeed very beautiful. I would like to record my congratulations to the people involved in this little gem. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Chuva de Verão" ("Summer Rain")


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