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  • Actors: Grégoire Colin, Phyllida Law, Peter Needham, Rade Serbedzija, Joe Gould
  • Directors: Milcho Manchevski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016AKSO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Before the Rain (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • New video interview with actor Rade Serbedzija
  • Manchevski's award-winning music video for Arrested Development's "Tennessee"
  • Stills galleries of Manchevski's photographs and on-set shots
  • A new essay by film scholar Ian Christie

Editorial Reviews

The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Grégoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Šerbedžija) to paint a portrait of simmering, entrenched ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema’s most poetic evocations of the futility of war.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski • Audio commentary featuring Manchevski and film scholar Annette Insdorf • New video interview with actor Rade Šerbedžija • Manchevski's award-winning music video for Arrested Development's "Tennessee" • Stills galleries of Manchevski's photographs and on-set shots • Theatrical trailer • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ian Christie • More!

Customer Reviews

One of the best movies I have ever seen.
beryl m
Lastly, it explores how religious, gender and ethnic differences in Macedonia shape both love and politics, even in a global context.
Breyel
Dark, dramatic, mysterious, intriguing laments in musical form that perfectly fit with the film of the same name.
EriKa

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By David Kleist on June 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I never grow tired of watching BEFORE THE RAIN. It is, first, a stunningly beautiful piece of cinematography. The camera pans natural vistas, churches, London streets, and the faces of the interlocking characters with sensitivity, wisdom, and love. The three parts of the film mesh with perfect paradox, underscoring the recurring theme that time is not a circle. We see the young, the old, the weak, the strong, the living, and the dead all intermingling with an incoherent rap song which blasts from speakers the world over. The pacing is ideal; the plot is ingenious; the message is eternal. BEFORE THE RAIN should be reissued on videocassette and offered on DVD. It moves me as much as any film I've ever seen. Even American high-school students are captivated by it, and that in itself in a small miracle!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By EriKa on October 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dark, dramatic, mysterious, intriguing laments in musical form that perfectly fit with the film of the same name. The music is at once gripping, captivating, alluring, and even dangerous. It intoxicates and transports you to the place and time of the music. Indeed, it is an experience to listen to it. This is the mark of a great soundtrack, I think. One which can be taken outside the context of the film for which it was made and played again and again, still evoking the images of the film (or evoking other, perhaps more powerful feelings).
I loved this film (also highly recommend it), but the soundtrack is exquisite and stands alone as a musical achievement.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Luiza Vartavarian on September 18, 2004
Format: DVD
In watching this movie you can understand the Balkan conflict better than if you readfive books on the subject. It is about the power of war crushing the innocence of love. good acting all around and wonderful cinematography. We need a DVD relase of this one! those reading this review please tell amazon you want a DVD version, as more and more people switch exclusively to DVD it would be a shame of if this gem were forgotten.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard the music I never cared for anything else except to listen to its entirety. It's rhythm is strong, strikingly sad and forceful. As if sadness is also a measure of courage. The chantings are like yearnings for something deeper that was long lost. As if human beings lost its connection to life and love. The transition of songs was symbolic of emotional freedom to submit to everything... to the cycle of pain, love, death and rebirth which are inevitable and we are all bound. How indeed the rain comes to mark the glories of losing yet regaining... for wounded hearts to find its peace despite mourning...and for our spirits to find its Source after all wanderings and attachments to things and thougths. Until now I listen to the album whenever I travel (especially at night or dawn) or whenever I seem to feel the twinge of pain of living life with all its contradictions.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Breyel on March 30, 2008
Format: DVD
Finally, BEFORE THE RAIN is on DVD. Best of all, the folks at Criterion picked up this marvelous film and have restored it to pristine quality. The digital transfer was supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski. It is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The sound is in Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0. There's an accompanying audio commentary and an interview with Rade Serbedzija who played Aleksander (more about him later) in the film. Also included is an essay by film scholar Ian Christie and the original trailer and few other goodies.

What's BEFORE THE RAIN about? A simple synopsis of the film will not suffice. Essentially it is a poetic, albeit tragic look at war and love in the Balkans of the 1990s made by Macedonian director, Milcho Manchevski.

Here's why it's a brilliant film. The photography and music from the Macedonian group "Anastasia" -- Before The Rain (Pred Dozhdot): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack -- is breathtaking and lingers with you days after watching/listening to it. The tripartite narrative structure challenges the linearity of history by linking unsuspecting people, events and objects in a cause-and-effect context. Lastly, it explores how religious, gender and ethnic differences in Macedonia shape both love and politics, even in a global context.

Like all film-makers, Manchevski tells his story with Words, Faces and Pictures. In BEFORE THE RAIN these three components become three parts of the film, in which characters and events are intertwined. In Words, a young Macedonian monk named Kiril (Grégoire Colin) from a 12th-century monastery, has taken a vow of silence.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Archel on January 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These compositions are a brilliant modern showcase of traditional Macedonian music, combining stylistic, rhythmic and melodic influences from Macedonia's rich culture (which has been developing since several hundred years before Christ) with modern compositional insight, including brilliant arrangements.
Anastasia is one of Macedonia's most professional, cohesive, progressive and most talented bands in a while (along with 'Synthesis,' who are probably even better).
Outstanding musicianship with FEEL most bands can only dream of.
This should be in every serious music fan's collection.
There are only about four albums around of this style and magnitude, including two from Anastasia (this and 'Melourgia') and two from DD Synthesis (a self-titled album and 'Swinging Macedonia,' which IMHO is the best).
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