It's the beginning of a long hot summer, and thirteen year old Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki) and her family settle into their isolated cottage for what's set to be another perfect holiday. But for Janey this will be no ordinary holiday, it will change her life forever. Every day she swims, fishes and cares for her brother Jim, while her mother Kate (Sarah Pierse) embarks on an affair with photographer Cody (Martin Csokas) and her father Ed (Alistair Browning) sits in the back yard, drinking whiskey and ignoring his family. Every night her parents throw parties to disguise their growing marriage problems and surrounded by adults drinking and flirting, she soon discovers her own sexuality with severe consequences.
Never really understood why the film was called Rain. Like it never rains. Sorry if I'm a bit slow here...
A touching and moving story, enigmatic and atmospheric.
Rather too much time spent on describing the lifestyle of the family: alcoholic mum, 70s parties etc. but does get going and provides a thought-provoking conclusion.
If you like this then I'd recommend "Whale Rider" which is altogether a stronger movie.
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
70's family drama set in New Zealand
- Rain review by CP Customer
70's set story of unhappy alcoholic wife/mother who competes with her teenage daughter for the attentions of an attractive photographer. Beautiful cinematography and some interesting camera shots unfortunately do not solely make a great movie. This has a plodding storyline to go with it in which not a lot happens until the tragic climax. OK but not great.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Not so much Rain as light drizzle
- Rain review by SC
The top picture on the front cover of the DVD is not an image from the film, and in fact I'm not sure why it's called Rain. A young teenage girl becomes aware that her mother is having an affair. I found the end scenes disappointing and very unrealistic, with no explanations provided as to what happened, but the rest of the film was okay in a kind of naive sort of way. I think I'll probably watch it again, though.
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