• A Room with a Moose

    ★★★★ Watched by A Room with a Moose 23 Mar, 2016

    "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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  • Leila Amara

    ★★ Watched by Leila Amara 24 Mar, 2016

    I've never seen so much eyebrow on a bald man

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  • Madison

    ★★★★ Watched by Madison 15 Feb, 2016

    Really lovely, rather meta, movie. The movie is literally about a movie, which is also sort of a documentary, being filmed and there’s also a girl who’s filming a documentary about the movie being made. And it’s all in Spanish. So we are first introduced to Costa and Sebastien (pardon the absence of the accent). Both have spent about seven years spending time in making a documentary about Christopher Columbus and how downright awful he is. Which in itself is…

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  • Doc Cortex

    ★★½ Watched by Doc Cortex 24 Jan, 2016

    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.

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  • Eli H

    ★★★★ Watched by Eli H 19 Dec, 2015

    Powerful film depicting the complexity of hierarchies and the artist's and citizen's role in all this.

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  • Daphne

    ★★★ Watched by Daphne 27 Oct, 2015

    Enjoyable but the white savior trope is gettin old

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  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★ Watched by William Kretschmer 18 Sep, 2014

    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.

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  • Zachary Johnson

    ★★★★½ Watched by Zachary Johnson 29 Oct, 2015

    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.…

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  • Michael Benton

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Michael Benton 30 Oct, 2015

    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.

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  • pigwidgeon

    ★★ Watched by pigwidgeon 14 Oct, 2015

    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.

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  • majella

    ★★★ Watched by majella 22 Sep, 2015

    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.

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  • andre_k

    ★★★ Watched by andre_k 17 Jul, 2015

    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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