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.
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…
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.
Dedicated to Howard Zinn, the famous New Left historian, Even the Rain looks at imperialism from the perspective of the exploited. It is an interesting effort, but one that feels incredibly heavy-handed & propagandistic.
I appreciate that the film has good intentions, but the dialogue is so on the nose and the director has such a ferocious hatred for subtlety, that it makes me resistant to the whole endeavor. Not even Gael Garcia Bernal's dashing looks can distract me from the film's hagiographical take on peasant uprisings.
If you are really swept up in the 99% movement, then this film is meant to arouse you. However, if you like films that make you think as opposed to ones that drown you in ideology, then this film will offer you little more than one cool homage to Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
Fantastically beautiful film recalling equal parts Herzog and Malick perhaps weighed down slightly by a pointed political message. The cast is uniformly great, especially Juan Carlos Aduviri who was absolutely riveting, with a very interesting face (a compliment). Can't wait to pick this bad boy up on baby-blu.
This movie was a pretty accurate portrayal of how the film industry thinks whatever it's doing is the most important thing in the world. Well, this is true for humans in general, whatever we are involved in seems like life or death and even being in the thick of a juxtaposition of disparity, it's hard to see clearly. I loved the actor that played Gael Garcia Bernal's producer. I loved the scene where the women extras refuse to participate in acting out drowning the infants, even if the scene will be captured in a completely safe way. It's actually something I always think about with movies, especially when children are involved, in crafting very inappropriate/offensive or hard-to-watch scenes. Of course…
I had to watch this for Spanish 232, but I enjoyed this film a lot. The film-within-a-film worked well here, and Juan Carlos Aduviri killed it as Daniel. It made me hate the movie industry for a little, even though I fucking love movies.
This is a film I will probably watch again down the road (got to get fluent in this bitch), and I hope I still enjoy it.
Daniel's gift to Costa at the end is beautiful, a great way to drive home the theme.
Even the Rain is that type of film that wins you over from its very start based in the strengths and novelty of its main concept alone. The script is quite successful layering many characters, dialogues and situations in ways that create brutal contrasts, and effective moments that seem to blur the lines between reality and fiction. The film also benefits from a very well defined sense of place, beautiful cinematography and performances that manage to eclipse the more uneven, preachy sequences. Highly recommended.
Emotionally engaging at best; emotionally explicit at worst. Par
The marriage between a Christopher Columbus story and the Bolivian "Water Wars" is a haphazardly arranged marriage destined for divorce. It also seems like another self indulgent, lame excuse to make a film about making films. The connection between the 2 stories is crude, as is the character development. It doesn't work. They should have written a story that fits rather than tried to hammer a heart shaped box through an anus shaped hole. The ending is also hinged on a scene that doesn't make sense.
Some good acting and a reasonably interesting "People Power" story, but not that interesting.
Worth seeing. A well done movie about a group of film makers who travel to Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus. It's easy to forget that Europeans came in and took the Americas from native people, but this movie reminds us of exactly that and shows that it's still happening.. even with the rain.
Christopher Columbus meets water privatisation riots in Bolivia. But really, really good. Even the film within the film looks excellent.
The sequel to Quantum of Solace. Which I liked, despite the incompetent action scenes. Gold is the past, oil the present, water the future.
Esta pelicula la escogí pensando en ver a Luis Tosar derretirme con su potente voz, sin embargo obtuve una grata sorpresa al encontrar un buen manejo de dos historias: la realización de una pelicula y el impacto de los movimientos sociales en la realización de la misma. Una crítica a los acontecimientos en Bolvia tras la privatización del agua, cuando era ilegal recolectar el liquido en cualquier manera posible. Buenas actuaciones, trama interesante y cargada de ironías y por supuesto: Luis Tosar.
También la lluvia es una poderosa crítica sobre el imperialismo aún existente desde hacía más de 500 años con la llegada de los colonizadores y la eterna lucha por la erradicación de la opresión a las masas más desfavorecidas de la sociedad.
Aunque es relativamente corta [una hora y 35 minutos], También la lluvia tiende a pesar un poco por la imposición de la realidad que intenta mostrar con el paralelismo de la realización de una película sobre Colón que va abriendo los ojos a un debate entre la dualidad de la moralidad y una batalla por el cumplimiento de una correcta distribución de las aguas potables en Bolivia.
Pero es muy diferente, con muy buenas y desarrolladas actuaciones de Luis Tosar y Gael García Bernal, y una dirección arriesgada y acertada de Bollain. Recomendada.