Plot: A teenage girl living in California suburbia devises a metaphysical experiment designed to save the world from what she sees as an impending doom…but the results of such an experiment prove to be both beneficial and destructive.
One Day Like Rain is a low-budget independent production, melding elements of teen drama, doomsday science fiction and Californian mysticism into a cryptic, David Lynch influenced tale about a teenage girl living in California suburbia, dreaming about a metaphysical experiment designed to save the world from what she sees as an impending doom, but the results of such an experiment prove to be both beneficial and destructive, gaining multiple award nominations in the process such as the Jury Prize at the Seattle Film Festival, Official Selection for the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and the Syracuse International Film Festival.
This film is a very interesting film that has great acting and cinematography, but unfortunately for all it’s trying to do, you do end up getting lost in the plot and spending a large portion of the time, waiting for something worthwhile to happen and although this is the kind of thing that happens when you’re dealing with open-ended storytelling, I’ve seen it done better in other films with a similar budget.
Now, I’m not saying this is a bad film, far from it. It’s just one you’ll either love and come to think of as a cult classic or will make you fall asleep halfway through, either way, the strange animation sequences will charm you and leaves a memorable impression long after the film has finished. Not something the majority of small-budget late ’00’s indie films can boast.
I find it hard to be harsh on a film that I was able to watch for free on the sadly now defunct, Indie Movies Online, which at the time showcased little known independent films and gave them a bigger audience, think Netflix but free. Overall One Day Like Rain is an interesting little film that given its budget, achieved a relatively high level of quality, that although is never going end up on anyone’s top ten list, but I can see it surprising a few viewers.