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The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevskis 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 erbedija) 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 cinemas 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 erbedija 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!
This movie has left an indelible mark on me. I saw this movie in 1996 and am so happy to see it here on DVD. I own it on VHS and have told so many people about it over the years. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marilyn McDermott
I saw this movie in 1995 and never get tired of seeing it over and over again. Everyone I have shown it to loved it as well.Published 23 months ago by Lori Kaye
A masterpiece of film making. Bold, lyrical, poetic, humane, intelligent. Well conceived and written. High production values in all departments.Published on November 29, 2012 by smith
What a well done film with superb acting? This story stays with you long after you've seen it.
It is a film one must concentrate on to appreciate the beauty of the story and... Read more
This is one of the best ten films I have seen in my life. Truly excellent. If anyone has seen other films by this director, please let me know if they are as good as this one.Published on September 1, 2011 by Juan G. Gelpi
One of the best movies I have ever seen. I had to purchase the cd for my collection. The sound track, the acting, the directing, the scenery, and especially the way the movie ties... Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by beryl m
Macedonia, as of five years ago was a province in southern Yugoslavia. Today it is a sovereign nation of Macedonia. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by Mutsco
Finally on DVD, watching this film again fifteen years later I find it is just as powerful and relevant today, perhaps even more so. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by leah
In my opinion, this is one of the best films ever made. I looked for years to purchase a copy on DVD and finally Criterion made the release - Thank You!Published on December 12, 2008 by Der Großinquisitor