• 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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  • LastHazza

    ★★★½ Watched by LastHazza 09 Jul, 2015

    What a fantastic contrast.

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  • Matt Thomas

    ★★½ Watched by Matt Thomas 08 Jul, 2015

    Think Herzog makes Argo, but without a powerhouse Klinski in thr lrad. Worthy but ultimately weak.

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  • phil haigh

    ★★★½ Watched by phil haigh 07 Jul, 2015

    A crew making a film about Spanish colonialism find their liberal ideals tested when reality begins to replicate some of the circumstances of their film's narrative. Which people will live up to the beliefs they say they want their film to portray? Of course there are surprises! Tosar performs well in every film I've seen him act in. More than a passing nod to Herzog in the "film within the film". A bit sentimental and simultaneously preachy at the end, though.

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