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Before the Rains (2008)



Critic Consensus: While lushly photographed and politically suggestive, this soapy melodrama lacks emotional resonance.

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Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement, "Before the Rains" is the English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan. An idealistic young Indian man finds himself torn between his ambitions for the future and his loyalty to the past when people in his village learn of an affair between his British boss and a village woman.

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Linus Roache
as Henry Moores
John Standing
as Humphries
Lal Paull
as Rajat
as Manas
Dr. Amikathmajan
as Headmaster
as Manas
Lal Paul
as Rajat
as T.K.'s Father
Satheesh Poduval
as The Kammadan
Krishnan Potti
as Village Chieftain
as Moores' Houseman
Asharaf Moidu
as Humphries' Driver
as Village Girl
Mani Kumaranalloor
as Peacock, Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Before the Rains

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (34)

Expectedly, the cinematography is superb. And Rahul Bose as the conflicted handyman stands out. The rest of it is quite linear and ordinary.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Mechanical through and through.

January 21, 2011 | Full Review…

Exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought and ultimately tedious.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Here is a movie that the late Ismail Merchant would have been happy to have under the Merchant-Ivory banner. James Ivory is very much alive and working, and one assumes he approves as well.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Acting honours go to Bose, his face an eloquently shifting register of shame, calculation and sympathy.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Before the Rains

Things do not end well for a love affair between two different races and casts set in India as colonial rule is ending. The Indian scenery is worth the watch.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

In "Before the Rains," it is 1937 in Kerala, India where Henry Moores(Linus Roache) is a planter who is building a road to help his business, risking everything to finish it before the monsoons start. On the personal side, even though he is married, he is carrying on an affair with Sajani(Nandita Das), the family maid, who is trapped in an abusive marriage. One day, the lovers are noticed in a sacred grove by a pair of boys. If "Before the Rains" sounds as predictable and obvious as every other doomed romance you have ever heard of, you would be at least partially right.(What was it Anton Chekhov said about guns, again?) What separates this movie from others of its ilk is the lack of sympathy given to its lead English character who has no true regard for India which is also undergoing spasms of independence. That along with lush cinematography combine to provide a sincere feel for a time and place.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Great movie. Good story plot. Here is a movie by Santosh Sivan. This is a movie that captivates you, and it holds such a great interest that you are left feeling intrigued. Great cast- Nandita Das, Linus Roache, and Rahul Bose. Amazing music. Definitely worth seeing.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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