Magazine article New Internationalist

Before the Rain

Magazine article New Internationalist

Before the Rain

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MACEDONIAN filmmaker Milcho Manchevski's inspiring, though bleak, debut film is a rare thing these days. There is something quite old-fashioned in the headlong way he treats political strife and manages to investigate nationalist struggles. Structured around three stories that interconnect, the film plays with notions of time to profound effect-Quentin Tarantino could learn a lesson here. The film's theme is the vicious circle of violence. It commences in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, where a young monk finds himself sheltering an Albanian Muslim girl wanted by a local gun-waving posse. Breaking his vow of silence, he offers to escort her to safety but this gesture proves to be futile in the end.

Meanwhile in London, a picture editor called Anne is working on a war-photography project and deliberating over her personal future. …

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