Before The Rain (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Republic of Macedonia/France/United Kingdom, 1994.  Aim, British Screen Productions, European Co-production Fund, Ministry of Culture for the Republic of Macedonia, Noe, PolyGram Audiovisuel, Vardar Film.  Screenplay by Milcho Manchevski.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by , , , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Inspired setup suffers from not having enough substance at its core. The film is told in three stories, the third completing the missing link to the first, mostly centring around a Macedonian filmmaker () and his British girlfriend ().

Milcho Manchevski’s film debut, the first major film from the newly independent state of Macedonia, is stunningly photographed, but ultimately not effective enough.  has a wonderful small role as Cartlidge’s mother.

The Criterion Collection:  #436

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival Award:  Golden Lion (tie)

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