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Friday, May 23, 2008

Linus Roache “Before the Rains”

The movie “Before the Rains”, starring Linus Roache (Michael Cutter, Law & Order), recently had its US release, opening in New York & Los Angeles. It was scheduled for release on May 16th in in select cities (I was not able to find it in mine). The official press release describes the movie as follows:

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 (THE TERRORIST, ASOKA). An idealistic young Indian man (Rahul Bose) 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 (Linus Roache) and a village woman (Nandita Das).

This movie had opened in the 2007 Torornto film festival to much acclaim. Cameron Bailey, for the Toronto International Film Festival, describes Roache’s performance:

“A sweeping film full of striking vistas, Before the Rains has the look of a fine period epic, but as it binds its characters tighter and tighter within their dilemmas, it reveals the gears of a good film noir. Having made his reputation in Priest, Roache once again excels as a respectable man capable of catastrophic acts. Bose, however, as the local subaltern, is the heart of the film: here is the Indian man navigating all the harsh choices that came with colonization. “

The movie’s official web site can be found here.

“Before the Rains” Trailer

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