Raining in the Mountain

Raining in the Mountain ★★★

For most of its running time, this is a rapturously elegant series of cat and mouse chases set on the grounds of an expansive, ancient Buddhist temple. The feel of it all is rivetingly original, punctuated with oddly but appropriately silent film-like performances from the cast. Unfortunately in the end it doesn’t add up to much more than extravagantly staged and blocked set pieces, especially when the plot only stumbles to a conclusion, and the characters fail to transcend their types. Still, it’s fully worth at least one viewing.

Also: spoiler alert, it never rains in this movie.

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