BEFORE THE RAINS

Lust in the Jungle

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Release Date: May 16, 2008

Starring: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Jennifer Ehle, Nandita Das, and John Standing

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 98 minutes

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Content:

(H, PC, Pa, L, VV, S, N, A, D, MM) Light humanist worldview with light political correctness, mostly directed against white Western men; one light obscenity and one light profanity, plus some pagan superstition and references to Hinduism in India; brief strong violence with blood in one scene when woman commits suicide with handgun, plus man hits wife, a slap, man’s tongue undergoes test of fire to judge guilt/innocence, and threats of violence; some sensuous sexual content such as passionate adulterous kissing and implied adulterous sex; upper male nudity; alcohol use; brief smoking; and, lying, hiding a suicide from the authorities, some moral confusion.

Summary:

BEFORE THE RAINS is a somewhat predictable period drama set in 1937 India about a married Englishman who gets into trouble when his illicit affair with a married native women goes terribly wrong. BEFORE THE RAINS is an anti-colonial statement about the British rule over India during the previous three centuries.

Review:

BEFORE THE RAINS is a somewhat predictable period drama set in 1937 India about a married Englishman who gets into trouble when his illicit affair with a married native women goes terribly wrong.

Henry Moores is a young married businessman who has big plans to establish a spice plantation in south India. He depends on his right-hand man, T.K., an Indian who loves working with the English because of all the economic benefits and prestige it brings.

Henry satisfies his baser instincts by having an affair with his beautiful house servant, Sajani. One of their encounters in the jungle is witnessed by two local boys, but they don’t know who. Sajani’s husband gets suspicious. Threatened with possible death by the village elders, Sajani goes to Henry and T.K. for help.

Henry’s wife has arrived from England with their son. So, under the cover of darkness, Henry secretly enlists T.K.’s help to spirit her away to the city, but Sajani returns to T.K.’s hut and commits suicide with a gun Henry had given him. Henry and T.K. hide her body in the lake, but it’s only a matter of time before Henry’s affair and Sajani’s death are exposed.

BEFORE THE RAINS is an anti-colonial statement about the British rule over India during the previous three centuries. As such, it sides with India’s total independence, as reflected in the independence that T.K. finally achieves from his morally corrupt English master. The filmmakers avoid making their movie seem too propagandistic, but this political message remains clear.

MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of these debatable themes and the movie’s depiction of an adulterous affair gone wrong. The movie’s predictability and slower pace may bore some viewers, if not many.

In Brief:

BEFORE THE RAINS is a predictable period drama set in 1937 India about a married Englishman who gets into trouble when his illicit affair with a married native women goes terribly wrong. Henry Moores is a young married businessman who has big plans to establish a spice plantation in India. He depends on his right-hand man, T.K., an Indian who loves working with the English because of all the economic benefits and prestige it brings. Henry satisfies his baser instincts by having an affair with his beautiful house servant, Sajani. When their affair is in danger of being exposed, Henry secretly enlists T.K.’s help to convince Sajani to leave the area, but Sajani commits suicide instead.

BEFORE THE RAINS is an anti-colonial statement about the British rule over India during the previous three centuries. As such, it sides with India’s independence, as reflected in the independence that T.K. finally achieves from his morally corrupt English master. The filmmakers avoid making their movie seem too propagandistic, but this political message remains clear. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of these debatable themes and the movie’s depiction of an adulterous affair gone wrong.