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62triplet said:
#3 (1994) 85% (A) (13) PAID NYT Critics' Pick http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=990CEFDF173BF937A15751C0A963958260&scp=4&sq=Before the Rain&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "The lives of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer cross to paint a portrait of ethnic and religious hatred. "Before the Rain" is a tale set between modern London and the timeless hills of Macedonia, in former Yugoslavia. Through a parable of intertwined lives, it attempts to answer the tragic riddle of why the Balkan states are perpetually at war. Divided into three sections, the connection between seemingly disparate events and people only becomes clear at the film's end. In "Words," a pure and innocent Macedonian monk breaks his vows in order to hide an Albanian girl accused of murder. "Faces" dramatizes an Englishwoman's struggle to choose between her husband and her lover, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer who is about to return to his native Macedonia. And "Pictures," the final segment, follows the photographer as he tries to comprehend the violence and bloodshed that have so transformed his nation's landscape and turned one-time friends into bitter enemies." CONSENSUS: "Dealing with the Balkan wars, this is an ambitious and compassionate art film that contrasts the calm beauty of the Macedonian landscape with the harrowing violence that erupts within its borders." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: When everything changed forever after Yugoslavia's Tito died and the Sarajevo Olympics became a distant memory, I became fascinated with that part of the world (sort of like how one can't stop from looking as they pass the scene of an accident or fire). This film should provide interesting context.
posted Jun 1, 2009 at 2:28PM
62triplet said:
(1994) 85% (A) (13) PAID NYT Critics' Pick http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=990CEFDF173BF937A15751C0A963958260&scp=4&sq=Before the Rain&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "The lives of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer cross to paint a portrait of ethnic and religious hatred. "Before the Rain" is a tale set between modern London and the timeless hills of Macedonia, in former Yugoslavia. Through a parable of intertwined lives, it attempts to answer the tragic riddle of why the Balkan states are perpetually at war. Divided into three sections, the connection between seemingly disparate events and people only becomes clear at the film's end. In "Words," a pure and innocent Macedonian monk breaks his vows in order to hide an Albanian girl accused of murder. "Faces" dramatizes an Englishwoman's struggle to choose between her husband and her lover, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer who is about to return to his native Macedonia. And "Pictures," the final segment, follows the photographer as he tries to comprehend the violence and bloodshed that have so transformed his nation's landscape and turned one-time friends into bitter enemies." CONSENSUS: "Dealing with the Balkan wars, this is an ambitious and compassionate art film that contrasts the calm beauty of the Macedonian landscape with the harrowing violence that erupts within its borders." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: When everything changed forever after Yugoslavia's Tito died and the Sarajevo Olympics became a distant memory, I became fascinated with that part of the world (sort of like how one can't stop from looking as they pass the scene of an accident or fire). This film should provide interesting context.
posted Jun 26, 2009 at 5:41PM
62triplet said:
#3 (1994) 85% (A) (13) PAID NYT Critics' Pick http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=990CEFDF173BF937A15751C0A963958260&scp=4&sq=Before the Rain&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "The lives of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer cross to paint a portrait of ethnic and religious hatred. "Before the Rain" is a tale set between modern London and the timeless hills of Macedonia, in former Yugoslavia. Through a parable of intertwined lives, it attempts to answer the tragic riddle of why the Balkan states are perpetually at war. Divided into three sections, the connection between seemingly disparate events and people only becomes clear at the film's end. In "Words," a pure and innocent Macedonian monk breaks his vows in order to hide an Albanian girl accused of murder. "Faces" dramatizes an Englishwoman's struggle to choose between her husband and her lover, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer who is about to return to his native Macedonia. And "Pictures," the final segment, follows the photographer as he tries to comprehend the violence and bloodshed that have so transformed his nation's landscape and turned one-time friends into bitter enemies." CONSENSUS: "Dealing with the Balkan wars, this is an ambitious and compassionate art film that contrasts the calm beauty of the Macedonian landscape with the harrowing violence that erupts within its borders." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: When everything changed forever after Yugoslavia's Tito died and the Sarajevo Olympics became a distant memory, I became fascinated with that part of the world (sort of like how one can't stop from looking as they pass the scene of an accident or fire). This film should provide interesting context.
posted Jul 16, 2009 at 11:16AM
62triplet said:
1 Jun 09 - On my "Last 3 Favorites" list until I took all the sites down in August. Roger Ebert's review makes us all more observant **** http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950310/REVIEWS/503100301/1023 ****
posted Dec 8, 2009 at 6:37PM
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