Set against a background of political turbulence in Macedonia and
contemporary London, three love stories intertwine to create a powerful
portrait of modern Europe in Milcho Manchevski "Before the Rain". When
a mysterious incident in the fabled Macedonian mountains blows out of
proportion, it threatens to start a civil war, and brings together a
silent young monk, a London picture editor, and a disillusioned war
photographer in a tragic tale of fated lovers. Told in three parts, and
linked by characters and events, "Before the Rain" explores the
uncompromising nature of war as it ravages the lives of unsuspecting,
and forces the innocent to take sides.
This Macedonian film was
sent by a Macedonian friend of mine who wanted me to watch it. The
biggest name actor was Rade Serbedzija(Snatch, Stigmata, The Saint,
Shooter). The movie took me completely by surprise. From the opening
scene I knew this was a movie done with careful quality. The directing
and acting were rich and powerful creating the core of the film. I
loved the first story titled "words" the most. The others were good but
this one was my favorite. It was simple and unique. A monk who is vowed
to silence hides a young girl accused of murder. The result took me
completely by surprise and especially how it all ties back at the end.
I really liked and appreciated this movie. Although many films after
have followed the multi connecting story format this is yet another
that does it and does it right. A brilliant unheralded little film from
the amazing country of Macedonia.