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November 16 2008

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November 16 2008

Before The Rains


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Before the Rains

Before the Rains is one of those movies that slipped under the radar. In fact, it was so far under that I'd never heard of it. It is a British movie, I think. Are there British movies other than Masterpiece Theater of which I'm a huge fan?

The basic story is a tale of India marching into Independence. However, this is a back story told incidentally through circumstances by way of an entrepreneurial tea farmer who makes stupid personal and emotional decisions. The consequences of his bad judgement are amplified through enormous cultural differences.

I can't tell much about the story without giving it away. However, the teaching aspect of the movie was something I had not expected. The clash of cultures was so obviously transparent with unintended consequences that jumped out at you big-time. If we ever had any doubt why Iraq and Afghanistan will not work, see this movie.

The Indian culture in Before the Rains, although different than Iraq and Afghanistan, displayed the same tribal and Klan mentality that is so foreign to us. The sense that we can't understand it is the understatement of this movie and underscores it over and over. It is the "stoning" mentality of a culture locked into the stone age. (This sounds like a put down, but not from my view, it just is and we simply can't understand this mentality-not a judgement, just from our perspective.)

Before the Rains is a good pensive movie that makes you sigh and think. Two parachutes.

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