Saturday, April 13, 2024

RAIN (2023) Miami Film Festival 2024

If you want to see the first film of the next director from Mexico to win an Oscar the see Rodrigo García Saiz's RAIN which is playing at the Miami Film Festival. Looking and feeling like the work of a seasoned director, the film has the assured hand that rivals the work of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, and Guillermo del Toro.

I know that sets up impossible expectations but take into account the way the film makes you feel and if you really watch how the film is crafted you will see that Rodrigo García Saiz is going to do great things.

The film is six interconnected stories all taking place over a rain soaked 24 hours. It begins in the rain when cab driver picks up a rider who gives him his own address as a destination. From there we move between the various stories which bring us into the lives of various people who are trying to get past an unexpected turn in their lives. 

I was moved. 

While some of the stories are not as perfect as others, all of them hold us tight in their grip. This is due to craft of filmmakers being directed by  Saiz, but also a cast that is among the best ensemble  casts of the last ten years.  This is as good as casting can get. Everyone nails  their role and you can feel their lives bleeding off the screen.

When the film was done I started to reach out to some of my friends. I had to get more eyes on this film because there is something special here.

You need to see this.

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