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Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Well-acted and always with an ear cocked, listening for its own social relevance.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Gripping...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 20, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2012
Allan Hunter
The List

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...

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2012
Mike McCahill
Guardian

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 17, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 15, 2012
Tom Dawson
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film

May 10, 2012
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 14, 2012
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"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.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2011
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

May 13, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Arthouse for the NPR crowd.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B

May 6, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2011
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 5, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Smart and exciting, even if it ultimately ennobles its filmmaker characters, a development that suggests the political triumph of the Bolivian Indians is not as significant as the moral awakening of the Spanish protagonists.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2011
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
May 29, 2012
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