The Merchant Ivory film, Before the Rains (2007), is a wonderland of rich scenery. Set in India, it was photographed by its director, Santosh Sivan. Too bad a second-rate story, with the character of a British colonialist in 1937 given short shrift, wrecks the enterprise. In fact, a whole lotta hogwash is here.
Linus Roache supplies a little too much on-the-surface acting as the colonialist, but is passable. Rahul Bose is largely uninteresting as an Indian right-hand man. The women, Nandita Das and Jennifer Ehle, however, have their hearts in it and never make a false move. Put another way, no surface stuff. If you’re drawn at all to this film, see it for these two performances.