Updated: Jul 18, 2021
A man kidnapped by the State on unspecified political charges during the Lebanese Civil War comes out of jail after 20 years and has adjustment issues in a society that has moved ahead. The indifference of his grown-up son and daughter points to a larger tragedy of a nation suffering from amnesia and the futility of a struggle that must have mattered so much to those who are still missing, and whose families are still waiting with hope. Bahij Hojeij’s HERE COMES THE RAIN (2010, Lebanon) scales down the tone of the drama to arrive at a slice-of-life depiction of a family trying to adjust to a changed situation and coping with issues that plague contemporary Lebanon.
Playing on Netflix.
Ranjan das is a Mumbai based filmmaker and faculty.