Before the Rains
Before the Rains (2008)

Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement, "Before the Rains" is the English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan. An idealistic young Indian man finds himself torn… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While lushly photographed and politically suggestive, this soapy melodrama lacks emotional resonance.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

India has rarely looked so beautiful onscreen. Against the anguish of his human characters, director Santosh Sivan juxtaposes a tranquil, green world in the hills of the southwestern state of Keralain 1937, 10 years before independence.

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Loren Lankford
Entertainment Weekly

Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.

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Nick Schager
House Next Door

Mechanical through and through.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

When the rains in Before the Rains finally arrive, there's nothing to cleanse, no real dirt to wash away -- not with history already so neatly packaged and polished to a dull shine.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.

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Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Things do not end well for a love affair between two different races and casts set in India as colonial rule is ending. The Indian scenery is worth the watch.
Tom S.
I liked it, but I would have liked it about the same if everything was cut out except the music and the shots of scenic India.
Walter M.
In "Before the Rains," it is 1937 in Kerala, India where Henry Moores(Linus Roache) is a planter who is building a road to help his business, risking… More
Leo L
Great movie. Good story plot. Here is a movie by Santosh Sivan. This is a movie that captivates you, and it holds such a great interest that you are left… More