Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)
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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.
Despite the whiff of a Hollywood ending, "Even the Rain" is a refreshing import.
Audience Reviews for Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie)
An intriguing Spanish drama that raises many complex questions about morality with well-constructed characters who have solid motivations for their actions, and the plot makes some curious parallels between the early colonization of America and modern-day imperialism.
I don't think I have a lot to say about the movie really, it's quite self-explanatory but it is a very good film. I think it manages to tell an effective story with emotional depth without being overtly preachy. I actually thought the movie was definitely going to be preachier than it ended up being. Of course, and this is apparent as you watch the movie, is that the movie's characters talk about the injustices the Bolivians face when they're paid $2 per day for the work they do and how they're expected to pay for the water that is, in turn, going to be increased about 300%. You wonder *how* much exactly did the extras in the movie actually get paid. I hope they got more than a decent pay-off because then the movie is simply just doing the same thing that the film's message is so strongly against. Still that doesn't mean it isn't a very good movie with some strong performance, particularly from Luis Tosar who does a great job at transforming his character throughout the film. The rest of the cast is also very good. The movie also does a great job at, near the end, just making everything look like complete chaos. As this is based, at least the protests against the privatization of water, they had a lot of real footage from the riots, and it's definitely powerful stuff. Overall a very good movie, with maybe some hints of hypocrisy, but still a movie that's worth watching.
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.
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