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1 review, 11 user ratings

Three Days of Rain
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"Fabulous character study"
4 stars

You might say that the organizers of this year's Method Fest put their money where their mouth is with their opening night presentation, THREE DAYS OF RAIN. How apt that a film festival dedicated to actors would come out of the gates with a film that, from first to last, is an actors' showcase; this movie has enough small yet memorable performances to make Robert Altman's head spin.

Based on six stories by Anton Chekhov, the film takes place over a rainy three-day period in Cleveland. In one tale, a husband and his wife are approached by a homeless man looking for a handout. The husband sees nothing wrong with the request, but his wife, disgusted by the filthy stranger, refuses to let him help the man. This seemingly insignificant incident soon opens hidden cracks in their marriage: the husband realizes how little he has in common with his wife.

In another, a poor tilemaker, facing imminent eviction, tries to collect a debt from the widow of a man who never paid for services rendered. He barges into her apartment, refusing to leave until he gets his money--but the woman can't see why he needs the dough now. It's a stalemate--until these two very different people realize how much they have in common.

Director Michael Meredith has successfully transmuted to the screen Chekhov's most essential quality--his unobtrusive, lifelike artistry. Chekhov gains his effects effortlessly; his tales seem like true slices of life. Meredith does much the same in THREE DAYS OF RAIN by never showing his hand--not one of these six tales is predictable; they unspool in a leisurely, unforced manner, and you rarely feel that he's reaching for effect. On occasion, he falls victim to amateur-night theatrics--for example, we know the tilemaker is divorced because he's seen holding his wife's picture and exclaiming "God, I miss you!" That's an on-the-nose moment, to put it gently. In general, though, he stays true to Chekhov's vision.

There are good performances aplenty. To mention one, Peter Falk shines--if that's the word--as a charming but rather hopeless drunk. The colorful cast includes Robert Carradine and underground film legend George Kuchar; Lyle Lovett appears as the DJ whose on-air commentary is heard throughout the film.

It's a quiet, subtle, memorable film, and I sincerely hope that it finds its audience.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Method Fest Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Method Fest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

4/11/10 gregory good ensemble acting;great jazz soundtrack...thought-provoking. 4 stars
10/07/05 Ellen Louise supurb acting; 5 stars
10/04/05 crasher intriguing little lives and a great soundtrack 5 stars
11/13/04 elka really awesome;) 5 stars
2/04/04 Jason Great movie, Dennis (Joey Bilow) was by far my favorite character. I enjoyed it very much 5 stars
11/30/03 Dakota weaver I liked it. characters were believable. 5 stars
6/04/03 jackdaripper new york ripper was good, this is shit 1 stars
5/01/03 Ralph R. Clemente Average 3 stars
4/29/03 Stan Mustanski An amazing blend of character portrayal, plot development, and effective musical score! 5 stars
4/29/03 Robert I saw this film at Dinero's Tribecca Film Fest and enjoyed it. I makes you think!! 4 stars
4/25/03 Jonny Peter Falk in great in this film... look for this one, it's worth the effort. 4 stars
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