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Before the Rains

2008-12-12 11:28
Before the Rains
What it's about

Amidst the growing nationalist movement in 1930's India, T.K. Neelan (Rahul Bose), a Western-educated idealistic young Indian man, finds himself torn between his ambitions for the future and his loyalty to the past.

The local villagers learn of an adulterous affair between his boss, Henry Moores (Linus Roache), a British colonialist striving to build a road to expand his spice harvesting business, and Moores' beautiful married Indian housemaid Sajani (Nandita Das). What the critics said

"While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on."
Sam Toy - [Empire Magazine]

"The movie is prettily done in a fairly obvious way, but there's little insight into the emerging nationalist movement, which remains at best a shimmering backdrop in soft focus."
Tim Robey - [Daily Telegraph]

"The film is fervently acted and well shot, and Das provides a powerful, emotional force, but there is something a little clanky about the whole project."
Peter Bradshaw - [Guardian UK]

"Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance."
Loren Lankford - [Entertainment Weekly]

"The problem isn't just that the material is cliched and vaguely offensive....It's more that the plot is incredibly predictable, the score is manipulative and the denouement completely unsatisfying."
Jessica Reaves - [Chicago Tribune]

"Merchant-Ivory productions are usually visual delights, and Before the Rains is no exception. Pity that the direction and narrative lack passion. If there's anything a story of interracial adultery needs, it's passion."
V.A. Musetto - [New York Post]

A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj.


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