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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.
Una película que conmueve. Un ejercicio de metacine que va mucho más allá de lo que en verdad quiere plasmar.
No encuentro palabras dignas para poder describirla, pero me gustó como jugaban a que los personajes escogieran que es "lo importante" para cada uno de ellos basándose en el contexto.
Actuaciones bastante sólidas y resalta mucho en la calidad de las escenas.
Las escenas donde reina el caos social son muy geniales, yo me sentí dentro de eso.
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…
Great Spanish film, shot in Bolivia, depicting how colonialism continues today and the indigenous are still exploited in a different way. Gael Garcia Bernal gives an excellent performance as a movie director and the film-within-the-film, depicting the execution of Hatuey, an important moment in Cuban history, is a nice touch!
"Sebastian, some things are more important than your film."
I wasn't actually expecting to be so affected by this film. I've been literally binge-watching Gael movies (15 films in 7 days... ok @ me) and I've seen more overall subpar ones than spectacular ones. In many ways, Even the Rain isn't even perfect. I'm not sure how I feel about the super neat, borderline saccharine ending, for example. But many of the conversations sparked in the film are completely relevant and surprisingly nuanced. It's imperative to continue the discourse surrounding colonialism and its effects, and do it properly (even if there are biases present).
This is definitely an ensemble piece, and everyone acting in it does a stellar job. I've…
The trouble is that it all seems a bit obvious. A Mexican film crew are in Bolivia shooting a film about Columbus and the original imperial domination of the indigenous population. (We don't really see the film being shot, rather we see edited sections of the film.) Local Quechuas are hired to act and be extras in the film. There are, of course, parallels between the way the original Spanish treated the natives and the way the film company are exploiting the Quechuas. At the same time the Quechuas are embroiled in a dispute with the local authorities about water: this escalates into violence and bloody suppression by the army. More parallels. As I said, it all seems a bit…
Deprivation is the keyword in this film. A bunch of filmmakers are heading to Bolivia to shoot a film about Columbus. At the same time in that city where they're heading, they are going to privatize water. Even using the rainwater would be illegal so of course the riot starts. And one of the main extras is attending to a riot and filmmakers don't like that... I won't tell more so that I won't spoil this film for you. This has lots of heavy stuff but this doesn't feel like declaration but more like it demonstrates how people never change. This doesn't shout at you to do something, it makes you think. The writing is very mature. I didn't really cared about this at first to be honest, but it got better all the time.
Brilliant foreign film. Excellent social commentary that's still heavily present today.
Vi så film i spansk på HF.
Et filmhold tager til Bolivia for at lave en film om Columbus og udnyttelse af Indianerne.
På samme tid er der en kæmpe vandkrig i landet (Bolivias regering har en kæmpe gæld til verdensbanken og sætter prisen op på vand for at skaffe nogle penge, dette er den fattige befolkningsdel ikke glade for, fordi at de så ikke har råd til vand)
Hovedpersonen i Columbus-filmen er demonstrant i vandkrigen og det skaber nogle problemer mellem ham og filmholdet, fordi at han er mere optaget at være med til at redde sit folk, end at være med i en film om at folk bliver udnyttet og slået ihjel.
En rigtig god film med en sand historie, der viser at det er vigtigt at behandle folk med respekt.
One can read a synopsis of the story elsewhere. This is a film where the writer, the director, the actors, the producer all made the right decisions. It is seldom when all the elements of a film come together in such an honest manner especially when it is a film about making a film. Yet, that is not what it is about at all.
Fascinating film within the film with moral issues, current and past, with exploitation, current and past and with a bit sobby overly dramatic ending on personal level. I liked it all the same.
"Fucking great, man".
Poco ha cambiado tras más de 400 años desde los tiempos de la conquista... Excelente premisa, el mensaje cala fuerte.
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