Before the Rains

Before the Rains
  • 2007
  • US / India
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Santosh Sivan
  • Cast: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Leopold Benedict, Lal Paul
  • Language: English, Malayalam

Idealistic spice farmer Henry (Roache) has an ill-advised affair with his housemaid (Das) and when the pair are discovered, a tragic chain of events is set in motion. Set in 1930s southern India and anticipating the end of the Raj less than 20 years later, this metaphor-laden drama uses a tale of doomed inter-racial romance to address the inherent failings of British colonialism.

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Before the Rains

31 Jul 20083 stars

DRAMA (12A) 98min Inspired by Israeli short Red Roofs, scripted by the late American Cathy Rabin (to whom the film is dedicated), directed and photographed by Bollywood filmmaker Santosh Sivan, starring Brit Linus Roache, yank Jennifer Ehle and Indians…

Before The Rains

19 Jun 20083 stars

Edinburgh International Film Festival

(Santosh Sivan, US/India) 98min Set against the backdrop of the decline of the British empire and growth of the nationalist movement in southern India in 1937, this tale of forbidden love between an English spice merchant (Linus Roache) and a local…

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