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The Wonder of the Cinema

#88 Before the Rains

Before the Rains

Linus Roache and Nandita Das

Linus Roache and Nandita Das

Tragic films follow a circle.  They begin with the world in equilibrium.  All is well. Then complications pile one upon another.  Death.  Destruction.  Tragedy.  A happy ending is not possible only a return to equilibrium.  And to reach such a place…

Rahul Bose as T.K.

Rahul Bose as T.K.

Henry Moores. played by Linus Roache, is a British planter living in India in 1937.  He is love with a local girl, Sajani.  This is the starting equilibrium.  Then Henry’s wife and son return from England.  Sajani’s husband learns she was with another man.  Henry sends her away.  Sajani returns.  I won’t give away the ending, but it doesn’t turn out well for the lovers or nearly anyone connected with them.

Before the Rains was one of the last productions from Merchant Ivory, a production company aimed at creating films in India in English aimed at the international market.  Some of the more famous Merchant Ivory productions include Room with a View, Howard’s End, and Remains of the Day.  In all their films would go on to win six Academy awards.

Before the Rains is a slow moving, emotional film about love, honor, and secrets.  Worth a look… I found in via On Demand from Comcast.


About Rob Sterner

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