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Even the Rain
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.
|Studio :||Canal+, Haut et Court, Eurimages,|
|Crew :||Production Design, Director of Photography,|
|Cast :||Gael García Bernal Luis Tosar Najwa Nimri Karra Elejalde Cassandra Ciangherotti|
|Genre :||Drama History|
Not such o good movie.
Wow! What a bizarre film! Unfortunately the few funny moments there were were quite overshadowed by it's completely weird and random vibe throughout.
Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
One thing I thought was pretty cool about this movie was that it was a film about shooting a film. I also like the parallel structure of the story of the film that's being filmed and the film itself. The film that's being filmed is about Christopher Columbus and his expeditions in the New World. The film itself sort of has a similar take with the fact that the film crew is Spanish and they are coming into a foreign country and completely ignore the current life if those who are already there. I also liked the evolution of Costa, one of the lead producers/directors. In the beginning, he starts off as a very negative and ignorant character towards the Bolivians and their water crisis, and just wants to film the movie. In the end of the movie, he shifts to a more compassionate character that decides that the safety of those in the riots and the wellbeing of the crew is far more important than the movie he is filming. On the other hand, his partner, Sebastian, shifts from what Costa becomes to what Costa was. In the end, all he cares about is the finishing of the movie, what scenes they have, the money they're going to make, etc.
I'm not sure that I've ever seen a film like Even the Rain, where the plot of the movie involves filming another movie. It's really cool to think about, and I think they did a great job. The producers were able to explain things that took place hundreds of years ago involving Columbus, Las Casas, and the Indigenous Indians that they experienced; while also showing the water wars that took place in Bolivia between the government and citizens. Here in the United States, I am fortunate to never have to experience the lack of water or suffering that these Bolivians had to go through. If I were in Daniels shoes in this movie, I'm not sure I would've been able to do what he did. Lead a bunch of people in a rebellion against the government, sounds pretty scary to me. I understood most things about this film except for the title of the movie. What does it mean and where is it represented in the film?
In a nutshell, this is Novocento 2.0. However unlike Bertolucci's story of downtrodden Italian peasants whose fate doesn't change no matter how bravely they struggle against their oppressors, this story that weaves Columbus's rape of the indigenous peoples of America with the bloody repression against the 2000 Cochabamba water riots ends in victory as the multinationals Bechtel and Suez are forced to take their greedy hands off of Bolivia's water. That was of course followed by the crowning victory of Evo Morales's presidency, Morales being one of the leaders of the Cochabamba rebellion.This is an epic film worthy of all the people who collaborated in it and devoted their lives to telling the stories of the oppressed and exploited. One might say it is their collective masterpiece and that its director the beautiful Iciar Bollain is their spiritual child, the embodiment of their collective dream.The film is as much about the American aborigines of the 16th century as about the unsubdued Ayamara Indians of Bolivia and the transformation that the left-leaning intellectual film crew and their hard-headed capitalist producer go through in the vortex of the social upheaval into which they inadvertently wander for no better reason than the availability of dirt-cheap extras.It is interesting that the only one in the film crew who comes out of it all with shining colors is the producer, who unlike the others whose lives are rooted in abstractions, has always lived firmly rooted in material reality. Luis Tosar plays the apparently conscience-free producer's profound moral transformation with gripping intensity.The real star of the film isn't as you would expect Gael Garcia Bernal, who plays the director of the Columbus movie, but Juan Carlos Aduviri, who landed the part of Daniel, the leader of the Cochabamba rebellion, as fortuitously as he does the part of the aborigine leader Atuey in the movie-within-a-movie about Columbus.Ms.Bollain's steady hand on the helm and crystal-clear vision is felt throughout the film. For some reason she hasn't directed anything since. If you ask me, she doesn't have to.
In Iciar Bollain's film 'Even the Rain', a Mexican film crew travel to Bolivia to make a film about the historical exploitation of indigenous Americans by European settlers. But they're motivated by the low cost of filming, and, when the locals who play the movie's numerous extras get involved in a political revolt, it's unclear whose side the film-makers are really on. The crew includes an idealistic director, his hard-nosed producer and mentor, and a cynical, boozy leading actor: but the characters are in no way clichés, and the way that they develop is a key part of the real film's success. Gael Garcia Bernal is as usual good as the director, but the whole cast is excellent, the film raises serious questions about the control of common assets, and even the film within a film appears to be something one would pay to see. The sad thing is that the issues explored - a world where even the rain is privatised - are very real in the actual world.