In the drink
A mother's alcoholic crackup and a daughter's sexual discovery smolder in the sultry New Zealand film "Rain."
By ROBIN EISGRAU
Set in New Zealand in 1972, "Rain" talls the story of a family's
disintegration one summer as they spend their holidays in a cottage by the
seashore. The mother's (Kate, played by Sarah Peirse) primary activities are
drinking and flirting with a photographer whose boat is moored
The young teenage daughter, Janey, played by Alicia
Fulford-Wierzbicki, catches on to mom's doings and begins to assert her
burgeoning sexuality in manipulative ways. Caught in the middle are dad and
younger brother who come across as innocent victims.
|Directed by: Christine Jeffs.|
Written by: Christine Jeffs based on the novel by Kirsty Gunn.
Cast: Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki, Sarah Peirse, Marton Csokas, Alistair Browning, Telma Hopkins, Aaron Murphy..
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"Rain" is a gripping
drama of possibilities; each scene seems pregnant with potential for action.
There's a terse sensuality throughout the film you can practically feel the water in the scenes where Janey and her younger brother Jim are swimming, and in a scene where Kate walks to her lover's boat through muddy sand you can
almost feel the sand as she walks.
There's a darkness that lurks beneath
the surface as the party scenes provide potential for debauchery and there's
a sense of peril in the water when the kids swim. Involving and poignant,
"Rain" is a coming-of-age film that revels in the senses.
|MAY 3, 2002|
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