Before the Rains Synopsis
A spice baron's (Linus Roache) affair with his maid (Nandita Das) leads to tragedy.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As scripted by Cathy Rabin and directed by Santosh Sivan, Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately...
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Sivan's film is well acted, beautifully photographed and oddly reassuring. It comes perilously close to suggesting that the injustices of...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Tells the kind of story that would feel right at home in a silent film, and I suppose I mean that as a compliment.
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60

Empire

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While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Yes, the Empire may be crumbling, and the natives getting restless, but it's all happening with such lyrical loveliness - even the corpses...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The film's chief asset is its superbly atmospheric evocation of its period milieu.
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50

Boston Globe

The competent, at times suspenseful Before the Rains orbits us along a trajectory of innocence corrupted, domesticity infested by politics,...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Pity that the direction and narrative lack passion. If there's anything a story of interracial adultery needs, it's passion.
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50

Chicago Tribune

It's more that the plot is incredibly predictable, the score is manipulative and the denouement completely unsatisfying. I can sit through...
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Entertainment Weekly

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This period piece is exactly what you'd expect from a Merchant Ivory production: a tragic tale of love set against a backdrop of opulent...
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Before The Rains

By lass3
I thought the movie was very good. The story and character build up was excellant. Also the tension of waiting to see what happens kept me nervous and anxious - and it wasn't so predictable like...

Before the Rains

By DonovanS
It was a very good movie. The cinematography was great: beautiful scenes, rich colors and the perfect camera shots. The acting was good and casting solid. I actually believed the characters to be...

Before the Rains

By g-b
The movie is beautifully filmed. The epoch, British-ruled India between the world wars, is believably presented. A plot initially interesting becomes dark in a dismaying and irredeemable misery in...

Before The Rains

By Paulasl
We went to Shadow. in Boca Raton, FL. The lights didn't go out for 10 minutes. The subtitles didn''t show on the screen. We were very upset and left. We got our money back, but lost the $2.00 that...

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Rated PG-13 | For violent content and a scene of sexuality