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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

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$453,517, 22 September 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

One of his whiskey bottles has a barcode. Barcodes in this form were not adopted until 1973 and were not used on products until 1974. The scene is set in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Ed: Take that to your mother, please.
Janey: She's got legs.
Ed: Take it to her anyway.
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Soundtracks

Joyride
Written by Neil Finn (as N. Finn)
Mushroom Music (Australia & New Zealand)
Roundhead Music administered by Wixen Music Publishing (USA & Canada)
EMI Music Publishing UK (rest of the world)
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An atmospheric gem
23 January 2005 | by awillawillSee all my reviews

I fail to see what the title had to do with the film, but that aside, Rain is a terrific tribute to the director, Christine Jeffs, and both the adult and actors. Right from the beginning, I could strongly sense the barren atmosphere of the location and the self-destructive behaviour of the adults. The acting of the girl/woman and her little brother was stunning, and credit must go to Christine Jeffs for ensuring that exactly the right tone was struck throughout. It so easily could have been a creepy Disney effort had the script not been so deftly performed and directed by such a skilled team. There could hardly be an adult watching this wonderful film who did not have their own childhood flooding back as they watched the girl/woman and her brother interact.


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