Doug Mankoff – a St. Mark’s graduate – is in town for the screening tonight at the Magnolia (7:30 p.m.) for Before the Rains, for which he’s one of the producers. Sorry about Tracing Cowboys, alter-Glenn. It might be one of those cases when sentiment overwhelmed judgment. But this one won’t be a disappointment. Linus Roache plays an Englishman in 1930s India, when opposition to the Raj was growing. He has big plans to build a road over the mountain using hordes of native labor before monsoon season, but his affair with his housekeeper – casual to him but not to her – leads to tragedy when he rejects her after his wife and son arrive.
This one sticks with you for its fine performances and moral complexities. It’s definitely one to see – if you can get in.