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Even the Rain
Spain Conquered the New World for Gold 500 Years Later, Water is Gold Not Much Else has Changed...
Focuses on Sebastian and Costa, obsessive filmmakers who, in their quest to uncover the myth of Christopher Columbus and resistance to colonial power by Indian rebel Hatuey, ultimately end up embroiled in a modern revolt against Western multinationals in the Bolivian "water wars" brought on by the forced privatization of Bolivia's leading public water companies in 2000.
A compelling film about a Mexican film crew making a controversial film, in Bolivia, about Christopher Columbus' treatment of the locals, just as one of their leads, Daniel, from the local Cochabama region, is leading a protest movement about the privatisation of their water supply and their treatment by the government.
Great direction, nicely shot and terrific acting throughout.
Even the Rain is a film positively bursting with a sense of importance which comes as little surprise when you discover it was penned by Paul Laverty, a regular Ken Loach collaborator. Laverty once again mines true social injustices and socio-political situations for dramatic gains and, once again, the results are frustratingly uneven. The movie follows a film crew trying to make a revisionist drama about Christopher Columbus whilst taking advantage of cheap labour costs in Bolivia. What they didn’t bank on was being in the centre of the 2000 Cochabamba protests surrounding the privatisation of the local water supply.
The first half is very strong as the film teases the parallels between the colonialism of Columbus and the way…
Upon first viewing, I must admit that the very premise behind Iciar Bollain’s Even The Rain had left me somewhat sceptical. With its marrying of different forms, I originally felt the meta-cinematic portrayal of a period in the history of Christopher Columbus, in tandem with a poignant period of Bolivian history would simply be too much for one film. How wrong I was. Such is the film’s expertise in its measured handling of the film’s many facets, I was left cursing myself at having committed the ultimate faux pas- I had judged the proverbial book’s cover. Therefore allow me to atone for my initial judgement by divulging what it is that makes Even The Rain such a sophisticated piece of…
A remarkable film that simultaneously recreates the exploitation of the indigenous peoples by Columbus at the end of the 15th century and the exploitation of the Bolivian peasantry at the beginning of the 21st century by government backed commercialised water company's.
This really is a film of real substance and quality. It's totally engaging from beginning to end and it really couldn't be more unique.
Director Icíar Bollaín leaves no stone left unturned as she examines the role of the Spanish conquistadors, their brutality and inhumanity all in the name of Jesus, Christianity and Gold. Whilst at the same time offering us insights into the cold hearted and sometimes brutal treatment of today's dispossessed all in the name of profit.
It's a quality, quality film make no mistake.
Parallel to the more obvious duality that plays out in Even the Rain (directed by Iciar Bollain, 2010) of imperialism and profit lust, there is another conflict that the film subtly exposes. This unsettling conflict, while fundamental to the issues faced by Bolivians during the Water Wars, also takes place around the globe in other areas/ways as well. The conflict is one of reality vs. “fantasy” (or, rather, ideas/ideology), and is initially introduced in the opening minutes of the film by the “crew member” who is documenting the creation of the “film” with a camcorder (camcorder footage representing reality, while the film “documenting” Columbus’ arrival in the Americas represented fantasy/ideas).
Fan boys and girls of sociologist Max Weber would probably…
The film “Even the Rain” (2010) has the distinction of actually being a film-within-a film. It is directed by Icíar Bollaín and depicts the trials of a Spanish film crew that came to Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about the Spanish conquest of Latin America. Just as the Spanish film portrays the struggle of the people to the harsh oppression of the Spanish government and Catholic Church, this film portrays the people of Bolivia struggling against the multinational corporations that are trying to control their water supply and subsequently a rebellion occurs among the people. The director does such a wonderful job of blending the internal multiple themes of the two films together and at some points; it is…
Gael Garcia and Luis Tosar team up in this offbeat drama where a film crew make their Christopher Columbus movie against a backdrop of Bolivian water protests. It's a long story, with lots of levels and angles, but ultimately it just falls short of being a really good film. Maybe it tries too hard to be multi-layered? Tosar steals the show however, as the cynical yet compassionate film producer.
Powerful film depicting the complexity of hierarchies and the artist's and citizen's role in all this.
Enjoyable but the white savior trope is gettin old
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Engaging political drama, well staged with a good cast, but a little bit pushy delivering its message.
Even the Rain (Spain/Mexico/France: Iciar Bollain, 2010: 103 mins) is a metafictional story about a Mexican director, Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal), and his executive producer, Costa (Luis Tosar), who head to Bolivia to film a movie depicting Christopher Columbus. Arriving in Cochabamba during the water protests (c. 2000), the team of filmmakers, although seeking to faithfully portray the oppressiveness of Columbus, find themselves in an increasing moral paradox, complicit in the oddly nostalgic environment of social exploitation of the natives. It turns out, in five hundred years, little has changed. Outward forms of slavery and massacre have taken subtler expressions in a more humanitarian-seeming era, but much of South America remains as virtual colonies where "democracy" is only supported when…
8th viewing -- personal, teaching and invited lecture. Still powerful and engaging mutlimodal narrative that leaves me thinking about the (re)production of history and relationships of power/exploitation.
Solid, well-thought through, deliberate if not anywhere near perfect in the first two thirds, all to be ruined by the last third with its white saviour, white experience, white tears bullshit.
The premise of this film is imbibed with self-importance as it addresses social injustice both past and present; by the Spanish invasion/Christendom and contemporary capitalism respectively. One of the main plots is the irony of the exploitation of indigenous Bolivians by a film crew who are using locals to make a film about Christopher Columbus. Whilst the premise of the film had potential and it was watchable, sadly it just didn't quite make the grade.
Interesting dynamic of people torn between capturing a historic injustice on film and an oppurtunity to help people in present. In the end spoiled somewhat by simplyfing itself down to a banal good versus evil fight, in a story that was already a relatively simple concept leading up to that point.
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