Before the Rain (The Criterion Collection)
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved this film (also highly recommend it), but the soundtrack is exquisite and stands alone as a musical achievement.
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.Read more ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve watched this film (in the wonderful recent edition from Criterion) three times over the past few weeks, and I cannot get it out of my head. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Larry L. Looney
This has become my favorite movie of all time. The storytelling is absolutely astounding and the most thoughtfully crafted plot line I have come upon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christina H.
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 on March 20, 2014 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 on September 18, 2013 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 In SJ
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