Pred dozhdot (1994)
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- Before the Rain
- 113 min.
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Enjoyed it, though I couldn't help but think that this film had a very made-for-TV quality about it. I'm not sure exactly what it was, though that's what I felt.
Stylishly shot three-part story of racial war in Macedonia spilling over into the lives of a London photo editor, a young Orthodox monk and a long absent war photographer. The performances are good, especially from charismatic Rade Serbedzija, but the script is quite weak, the turns of the plot stretch credulity a few times too often and the violence seems unnecessarily harsh at times. Interesting, but rated much too highly on IMDB.
The kind of movie I would have never dreamed of watching before discovering ICM. I actually really enjoyed it though. Great performances. Good story and a beautiful score. 8/10.
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This movie ranks #38 in Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
This movie ranks #199 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #276 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #479 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #551 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown