Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna (Shirley Knight), a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home to see if she might just possibly have made something different out of herself; if she can manage to unshackle her grocery list worth of responsibilities that add up to a life with a husband she loves. In a motel room where Natalie stops to rest during the day, she sits motionless on the bed, and experiences the exuberance of complete freedom and the queasy feelings of new beginnings. Natalie continues on with her journey and picks up a young hitch-hiker -Killer (James Caan), an attractive brain-damaged football player. It is through Killer that poses a more disturbing question to Natalie than that of domestic responsibility. How deeply are we wedded to chance meetings and are we responsible for the crimes that we witness?
The Shonan coastal region in Japan conjures up images of summertime, youth culture, fashion. We cast an offbeat video eye on an obscure but revealing Shonan location: a 24-hour coin laundry, during the rainy season. People stream in, clutching bags of laundry, mostly just to dry them. While they're waiting, most just relax. Some talk. Businessmen exhausted from their daily routine. People who have lost a beloved partner and now live alone. All of them are waiting for a spell of "clear weather".
Composed and produced by Jacopo Rossi, interpreted by Mike Lunacy, drawn by the skillful hand of Gaspare Frazzitta, “The Rain After The Snow” carries an ancient message that travels through our conscience.
Music is life. This is the artistic approach of the three members of the British-Belgian Ambient Jazz project Groovecatcher. With their Elektrolux debut, the U.K. producers Simon Cooper and Phil Webb and the Belgian singer Manuela Van Geenhoven have managed to release one of the highlights of the label's 10th anniversary year. Their After The Rain album is an intensive encounter of organic naturalistic Ambient pop and jazzy lounge sounds between Balearic Beats and mellow Drum'n'Bass. Groovecatcher's music takes you from a smoky jazz club in the heart of town to a secluded beach to catch the sunrise, from a street-corner to an ocean drive.