Rain ★★★

With a one-word title that evokes the elements, you anticipate Rain with the expectation it will be moody and atmospheric. But where does mood end and monotony begin? The static shots of pristine suburban lawns and canvassed coastline lend the film an air of vacation, but the story is made forgettable by its clinging to the sort of domestic drama that has typified a lot of Australian and New Zealand cinema of the past 20 years. Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki's lead performance and Neil Finn's spellbinding score are what will linger. This could have been so much more.