Film: Before The Rains

Directed by Santosh Sivan. Irish Film Institute

9th August, 2008

Directed by Santosh Sivan. Irish Film Institute

It may have an unsurpassed reputation for turning out classy costume dramas, but the sad reality is that film company Merchant Ivory lost its way as soon as it ran out of EM Forster novels to adapt.

Its latest offering certainly isn’t in the same league as A Passage to India, despite drawing on many of the same colonial themes. On its own terms, however, it’s a reasonably...

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