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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.


Christine Jeffs


Kirsty Gunn (novel), Christine Jeffs
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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


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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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


In 1994, London based New Zealand writer Kirsty Gunn published her first novel, 'Rain'. It received international acclaim and identified Gunn as ''a new author of undeniable talent'' ('Sunday Times', London). The novel was described as a ''small masterpiece'' (Fay Weldon in 'The Sunday Mail') and 'The Guardian' called it ''beautifully controlled and darkly powerful.'' See more »


Although this film is set in the year 1972, the partygoers at Ed and Kate's party are dancing to the Sherbert song "Howzat", which was not released until 1976. See more »


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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Referenced in Rain: Promotion Reel (2003) See more »


Drive Home
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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Uneasy Beauty
24 April 2006 | by zolaaarSee all my reviews

Visually and acting wise masterly, the coming-of-age-story of a teenage girl unfolds an atmospheric undertow which solidifies through the parenthetical film music and the non-involved voice from the off of the young protagonist. It's shot mainly in sepia which in its dim alignment contributes to the mysterious beauty of the film. Convincing ensemble: Sarah Peirse personifies Kate with a restless and lascivious sensuality. The performances of Alistair Browning and Marton Csokas require a much more subtlety than their "Lord of the Rings" parts. But the true heart of the film are the wonderful performances of the young artists: the 15 years old Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki who got the New Zealand Film Award as Best Young Talent, and the honestly adorable Aaron Murphy, playing the young, cute brother Jim. "Cinema of Unease", beautiful and uncomfortable at the same time, dangerously calm with subtly accentuated shots of a dusky landscape, the story tells the chronicle of an announced death.

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Release Date:

October 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

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Chuva de Verão See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,222, 28 April 2002

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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