Before The Rains This period piece is exactly what you'd expect from a Merchant Ivory production: a tragic tale of love set against a backdrop of opulent scenery.… Before The Rains This period piece is exactly what you'd expect from a Merchant Ivory production: a tragic tale of love set against a backdrop of opulent scenery.… 2008-05-09 PG-13 PT98M Drama Linus Roache Jennifer Ehle
Movie Review

Before the Rains (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Rahul Khanna, Before The Rains | Rahul Bose
Image credit: Alphonse Roy
Rahul Bose
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: May 09, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 98 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Linus Roache

This period piece is exactly what you'd expect from a Merchant Ivory production: a tragic tale of love set against a backdrop of opulent scenery. Directed by noted cinematographer Santosh Sivan, Before the Rains takes place in 1937 India, where an Englishman (Linus Roache) has settled to build a spice plantation. With his wife and kid back home, Henry falls for his married housekeeper (played with quiet intensity by Nandita Das). Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by their affair has little emotional substance. C-

Originally posted May 23, 2008 Published in issue #994 May 30, 2008 Order article reprints
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