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Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2

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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


Art House & International, Drama

May 16, 2011


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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (7)

Bollaín and Laverty offer a cutting, self-critical analysis of their medium while finding an honest and effective perspective on history...

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Director Iciar Bollain remains such an extraordinary director of actors that in every scene some surprising nuance counters the literalism of the script.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Despite the whiff of a Hollywood ending, "Even the Rain" is a refreshing import.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Even the Rain strikes a deep and resonant chord.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Well-acted and always with an ear cocked, listening for its own social relevance.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Even the Rain is pure cinema, complete with some fruity subtitles in English.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post


May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Icíar Bollaín melds passionate art with profound politics in this well-conceived, brilliantly acted drama.

May 19, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

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...

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

An ambitious, well-intentioned political drama from writer Paul Laverty and his director partner Icíar Bolaín.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Bolleín and Laverty punch up every icon and wingding in the arthouse cliché dropdown.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Never really excels in any given area, and re-watch factor is a zero.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

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.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's an undeniably didactic drama, but scores points for stylistic ambition and its heartfelt sympathies towards the dispossessed.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film's heart is certainly in the right place, but its narrative is more of a scattergun affair.

March 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

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.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

"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.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It starts as clever, but it ends in real feeling.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Arthouse for the NPR crowd.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

If the script threatens to get lost in impassioned rhetoric, Icíar Bollaín's direction keeps the film focused on the human stories playing out within its socially conscious frame, building to a powerful climax.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Audience Reviews for Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie)

Dedicated to Howard Zinn, the famous New Left historian, Even the Rain looks at imperialism from the perspective of the exploited. It is an interesting effort, but one that feels incredibly heavy-handed & propagandistic.
I appreciate that the film has good intentions, but the dialogue is so on the nose and the director has such a ferocious hatred for subtlety, that it makes me resistant to the whole endeavor. Not even Gael Garcia Bernal's dashing looks can distract me from the film's hagiographical take on peasant uprisings.
If you are really swept up in the 99% movement, then this film is meant to arouse you. However, if you like films that make you think as opposed to ones that drown you in ideology, then this film will offer you little more than one cool homage to Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
March 28, 2012
Reid Volk

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An intriguing Spanish drama that raises many questions about morality without ever giving in to easy answers. All characters are well constructed and have solid motivations for their actions, and the story makes some curious parallels between the early colonization of America and modern-day imperialism.
January 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

On location for a film shoot in Bolivia, Sebastian(Gael Garcia Bernal), the director, arranges for an open call which brings out a very long line of applicants which ends up driving his producer Costa(Luis Tosar) to chocolate. At first, Sebastian agrees to compromise before going ahead and seeing everybody, anyway. Of particular interest is Daniel(Juan Carlos Aduviri) and his daughter Belen(Milena Soliz) which still does not make Costa happy until he sees a screen test of Daniel in full makeup. That's not the only local point of interest, as Maria(Cassandra Ciangherotti), a videographer assigned to the production, stumbles across some of the locals fighting for water rights.

Written by Paul Laverty and dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn, "Even the Rain" is a superb movie that has done a powerful job of linking Columbus' voyages to America, as seen through the eyes of Montesinos(Raul Arevalo), a Spanish monk who was sympathetic to the natives, to the recent Water Wars of Bolivia, showing the continuation of the exploitation in Year 508, as Noam Chomsky would put it, with the novel device of using a film production as background. Yes, Daniel does not need to say there are more important things than making a film but it is a worthy sentiment nonetheless. The movie also works on a personal level, detailing the loneliness of the long distance actor, via Anton's(Karra Elejalde) drinking, as one cannot be in one place for very long without being affected somehow. And I know Gael Garcia Bernal is supposed to be the star here but it is Luis Tosar who steals the show with his observational gaze.
May 12, 2012
Walter M.

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Film-making of the highest quality, with a complex dual narrative, realistically written characters and superb acting.
February 26, 2013

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