Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)
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TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America. Set in February and March of 2000 when real-life protests against the privatization of water rocked the nation, the film
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Bollaín and Laverty offer a cutting, self-critical analysis of their medium while finding an honest and effective perspective on history...
A film within a film within a film, Even the Rain holds up a hall of mirrors to the Third World and invites us to look in.
The most outstanding performance comes from Aduviri, an indigenous Aymara from Bolivia, who was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Spain's Oscars, the Goyas.
Director Iciar Bollain remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script.
Well-acted and always with an ear cocked, listening for its own social relevance.
Even the Rain is pure cinema, complete with some fruity subtitles in English.
Icíar Bollaín melds passionate art with profound politics in this well-conceived, brilliantly acted drama.
Obvious and heavy handed in pointing out the never changing struggles between the haves and have-nots but there are still some touching moments and strong performances to make it worthwhile...
An ambitious, well-intentioned political drama from writer Paul Laverty and his director partner Icíar Bolaín.
There are striking performances from Luis Tosar as a cynical yet flexible producer and Juan Carlos Aduviri as the native who becomes a figurehead for those who don't have the luxury of playacting.
Bolleín and Laverty punch up every icon and wingding in the arthouse cliché dropdown.
Sharply directed and superbly written, this is a thought provoking and emotionally engaging political drama with terrific performances from Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar.
It's an undeniably didactic drama, but scores points for stylistic ambition and its heartfelt sympathies towards the dispossessed.
The film's heart is certainly in the right place, but its narrative is more of a scattergun affair.
If you can handle a few scenes of hammeringly obvious metaphor, "Even The Rain" is a rich, multi-layered film that gives an involved viewer much to think about.
"Even The Rain" is alive to the political echoes that reverberate between the 500-year-old film-within-a-film and its contemporary setting. Sometimes those echoes get a little too loud, but in general, this is thoughtful and relevant filmmaking.
Even the Rain is black and white in its moral intent, but all manner of fascinating detail exists around the edges of the main story.
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