Before the Rain Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for Before the Rain the Movie

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War-torn Macedonia is the backdrop for Manchevski's first film (and first made in the newly declared republic of Macedonia). Powerful circular narrative joins three stories about the freedom of love and the pervasiveness of violence. "Words" finds young Macedonian monk Kiril (Colin) distracted from his spiritual duties by young Albanian Muslim Zamira (Mitevska), who takes refuge in his monastery. In "Faces," pregnant picture editor Anne (Cartlidge) is torn between her estranged husband and her lover, Aleksander (Serbedzija), a London-based war photographer who left his native Macedonia years before. "Pictures" finds Aleksandar returning to his old village--now torn by ethnic strife. In Macedonian, Albanian, and English, with subtitles.


USA Home Entertainment, 1 W. Forest, Englewood, NJ 07631-4004, Phone: (201)871-1000, URL:

Available on VHS
Running time 120 minutes.
Originally from British, French, Macedonian.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, War, General, Religion, Rabbi
Milcho Manchevski
Rade Serbedzija, Katrin Cartlidge, Gregoire Colin, Labina Mitevska, Phyllida Law
Manuel Teran
Milcho Manchevski
Judy Counihan, Cedomir Kolar, Sam Taylor, Cat Villiers, Aim Productions, Noe Productions, Vardar Film


Ind. Spirit 1996: Foreign Film; Venice Film Fest. 1994: Golden Lion.

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