Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)
Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)

This haunting anti-war film offers insight into the reasons for the long history of ethnic wars within the Balkan states. It was filmed in the mountainous country of Macedonia. The film is divided into three very different, yet related… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

In this triptych of inhumanity, Manchevski answers that, finally, man's humanity is as immutable as his violence. And that, finally, love is a given that keeps on giving.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

[This] eerily beautiful film constantly reminds us that there is an irresistible fascination, an absurd and terrible beauty, in the violence of our times.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The cast of international players is excellent, with Serbedzija delivering an especially fine performance as Aleksandar, a humanistic photographer.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

We'll have to wait for Manchevski's next feature to know whether he's an artist or a shrewd entertainer. In the meantime, Before the Rain is one of the more worthy efforts of the season.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Striking and ambitious.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

It has an unnerving feel, angrily observing the way meaningless violence can suddenly blossom and suck in innocents.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It shakes you up the way many other notable foreign-language film debuts once did -- films like"Breathless, The 400 Blows or Knife in the Water.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Most of the characters are two-dimensional embodiments of commonplace attitudes, and few of the narrative developments gather much momentum.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
*On my "best of the 1990s" list.
Bill Cavros
A well crafted tale with BBC level production value. The end effect is to show how pervasive persistent and wide stretching the conflict between Christians and… More
Sheldon Chau
A very deep film that emphasized the inescapability of violence; I thought this film was wonderfully shot including a great storytelling arc and brilliant… More
Ivan Descartin
As serious and sensitive the issues touched by this film be, it contains beautiful, almost optimistic cinematography to perfectly contrast its brutal themes… More
John Ballantine
If you can find it, get it for sure!
Daisy Maduro
Before the Rain brought the war miseries in the former Yugoslavia perfectly.The beauty of this movie was not only in the look of war, but it was a perfect… More