Before the Rains

Before the Rains

Before the Rains

In this Merchant Ivory period drama, an idealistic young Indian man is torn between the growing nationalist movement of his homeland and his desires for the future when his village learns of an affair between his British boss (Linus Roache) and a local woman. The lady in question is Nandita Das who is absolutely huge in India, making her probably the most famous actress you’ve never heard of.

2009Rating: M, contains medium level violence98 minsIndia, UK, USAEnglish, Malayalam with English subtitles
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Empty and preidcatable

beautiful scenery and a wasted opportunity. What a let down. The white guy got what he so deserved - a huge cliche.

1.0
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Not great.

I love India and Linus Roache but thought this movie lightweight and predictable.

2.0
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Cliche Ridden

What a disappointment! If you've ever seen a movie about with a 'colonial' theme, then you've seen this one. Nothing fresh or interesting (other than the AMAZING scenery). Easy to figure out every "plot twist" before it came.

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The emotionally charged mysteries of his breakthrough feature, "The Terrorist," have given way to laborious narrative convention in Indian helmer Santosh Sivan's latest, English-lingo period meller "Before the Rains." Tale of an idealistic local caught in the crossfire of an illicit affair is too pat and pretty to connect...

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Fatal culture clash, imperialist entitlement, forbidden passion between master and servant: the ingredients of the Indian director Santosh Sivan’s period piece “Before the Rains” may be awfully familiar, but the film lends them the force of tragedy.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Drama of adultery in 1937 Kerala is ravishingly gorgeous but lacks conviction.

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

It’s beautifully shot, but in the end lacks emotional depth.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Whatever its scripted shortcomings, this is still a hugely enjoyable film with plenty on its mind. The locations and cinematography are ravishing, and the emotions are as turbulent as a monsoon sky. Before the Rains is no Passage to India, but it definitely has its moments.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The emotionally charged mysteries of his breakthrough feature, "The Terrorist," have given way to laborious narrative convention in Indian helmer Santosh Sivan's latest, English-lingo period meller "Before the Rains." Tale of an idealistic local caught in the crossfire of an illicit affair is too pat and pretty to connect...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Fatal culture clash, imperialist entitlement, forbidden passion between master and servant: the ingredients of the Indian director Santosh Sivan’s period piece “Before the Rains” may be awfully familiar, but the film lends them the force of tragedy.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Drama of adultery in 1937 Kerala is ravishingly gorgeous but lacks conviction.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

It’s beautifully shot, but in the end lacks emotional depth.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Whatever its scripted shortcomings, this is still a hugely enjoyable film with plenty on its mind. The locations and cinematography are ravishing, and the emotions are as turbulent as a monsoon sky. Before the Rains is no Passage to India, but it definitely has its moments.

0

Empty and preidcatable

beautiful scenery and a wasted opportunity. What a let down. The white guy got what he so deserved - a huge cliche.

1.0
0

Not great.

I love India and Linus Roache but thought this movie lightweight and predictable.

2.0
0

Cliche Ridden

What a disappointment! If you've ever seen a movie about with a 'colonial' theme, then you've seen this one. Nothing fresh or interesting (other than the AMAZING scenery). Easy to figure out every "plot twist" before it came.

2.0
0