Rain

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Released 2001

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Director:
Christine Jeffs
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Rain is a 2001 drama as if made in New Zealand, produced by Philippa Campbell and directed by Christine Jeffs. It was released in New Zealand in 2001 and internationally in 2002. The movie is based on a novel by the same name written by Kristy Gunn. It's about a pre-teen girl, Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki), coming of age. It's a time when Jane must cope with her own burgeoning emotional needs and budding sexuality. She accompanies her brother, Jim (Alistair Browning), mother, Kate (Sarah Pierse), and father Ed (Marton Csokas) on a family vacation to the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand. Thirteen-year-old Janey realizes that her parents' marriage is on the rocks, making things all the more worse. How would Jane manage these thick times? How would Jane's family cope up with the situation at the lakeside cottage? The movie catches the anticipation behind the family like as if a storm is nearing, and dark clouds are covering the sky.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The visual beauty of the film, rather than distracting from the troubling story, makes it more troubling still.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Moves way past the predictable into the shocking. Indeed, the film is so expertly structured and paced that its denouement knocks you off your feet.

  • 58

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As it moves from the drizzly to the overly stormy, Rain freights a young girl's self-destructive eagerness to lose her virginity with so much danger and even horror that it's as if...

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