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Time never dies. The circle is not round.

by Jasminka Mitkovska on 7th March, 2013 at 11:37 PM CEST

“It is the time just before rain, the 
time when the flies bite like 
kamikaze, when the birds fly low 
and the sky hangs overhead black, 
heavy and expectant, when all the 
colors are washed in gray, subdued 
and intense, yet punched through 
by radiant hues. 
It's about to burst. 
A heavy sense of expectation, of 
lowering, of time just before 
something large overwhelms the 
picture, the frame, the rhythm, the 
colors, the light, the music and the 
Still, the story moves fast, faster 
than words.” 

                       Milcho Manchevski 

What more to say about a masterpiece, about one of the best Macedonian movie of all time, an Oscar nominee, Golden Lion winner “ Before the Rain”? Although made in 1994 it is so well-known and acknowledged that is being taught at universities around the world. The movie is in three parts and it deals with several love stories, ethnic conflicts, depicting tradition and religion, and it ends at the point where it begins making a circle. 

“Time never dies. The circle is not round.”- What did Manchevski, the writer and director of the movie mean by that? 

You can see Before the rain as an extremely violent movie, but that is only the first layer on the surface. I hope and I suggest that you dig much deeper. The trailer of the movie follows: 

Throughout the movie you will be moved by the excellent soundtrack by the band Anstasia. Listen to the several links. Link 1. Link 2.  

Is Manchevski trying to tell us that one must break the ‘circle’ of violence to bring about change? That we are all the same, all equal, all one? If we are not equal, what do we have to do to change that? 

Before the Rain is an argument for the inevitability of human action and the difficulty we have in affecting change. Life goes on and on, despite our best efforts to help or hinder it. In that sense, it is larger than us. Time is beyond our control. The priest who says that "Time never dies" at the beginning modifies that statement in the final scene to "Time doesn't wait." 

If time doesn’t wait, what are you waiting for?

Jasminka Mitkovska - Action Team #10

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

I really so much appreciated your writing Jasminka Mitkovska .

You are wrting is so inspiring for me.

Wish your very best of luck for your upcoming work!!!!!!!!!


13th March, 2013 @ 3:14 PM CEST

Damla Aktan

Damla Aktan | Action team | CF Chapters

Jasminka, in late night, while I was so much bored with what I am doing at the moment, lost among articles, your piece of writing really caught my attention and I really felt motivated...Thanks a lot for your awareness and contribution to human soul with what you do now and what you will do next.

Best of luck from Turkey... :)


13th March, 2013 @ 9:50 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Guys I think Link 1 and Link 2 are not working! Anyway, found the soundtrack! :))

Jasminka great ATW! Time... perennial topic! I think it's out of most important thing for an individual to understand time... time on the clock and that other time... the cosmic time if I dare say.

Looking forward for your next piece!

13th March, 2013 @ 9:57 PM CEST

Jasminka Mitkovska

Jasminka Mitkovska | Action team

Thank you Damla and Muhammad for your kind words, but for the greater effect you must see the movie, it's amazing:), as well as "Dust" Mancevski's second film for which I am writing my ATW right now.

Kind regards,

13th March, 2013 @ 10:02 PM CEST



Hmmm.... I like your work.

14th March, 2013 @ 8:50 AM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Congratulations Jasminka for your first C:F Art Article :) I am happy to see one of the best Macedonian movie presented to global youth! This movei is definitely one of the things that makes me feel proud to be Macedonian :)

and as a final note to your final conclusion, i would quote the American poet W. H. Auden - he says "Time will say nothing but I told you so." :)

18th March, 2013 @ 11:11 AM CEST

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