Even the rain

Even the rain

También la lluvia

DVD - 2012 | Spanish
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Spanish director Sebastián and his executive producer Costa are shooting a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations, and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians. To get film made within the limitations of their modest budget, Costa has chosen the Cochabamba area of Bolivia, the cheapest and most Indian of Latin American countries as the location. They hire many supernumeraries, local actors, and extras, and things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply, sold to a multinational. Sebastian cares only for the film, Costa that it is made on time and within budget. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in the protest movement. 500 years after Columbus, a David vs. Goliath conflict erupts into the infamous Bolivian Water War, catching the filmmakers firmly in the middle.

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xaipe Oct 26, 2015

The story begins with a Spanish film crew in Bolivia planning to shoot an epic movie about Columbus's arrival into the New World. First impressions are of a movie epic in the Werner Herzog style exposing the exploitation of the native Indian population by Columbus explorers. In the beginning, Bolivian extras show up in response to a clumsy call for $2 per day extras to act in the movie. The natives desperately need the money and hundreds have travelled long distances on the strength of a flimsy promise which turns out to be for only a couple of extras instead of the many promised. Here it gets a bit confusing, when the action of the movie suddenly overlaps with the real-life injustices and exploitation amid protests of the privatization of the region's water supply. Bolivia's government has sold the country's water rights to a private multinational consortium. Local wells which the natives have used for centuries are suddenly sealed off, and the rates charged are beyond the natives' ability to pay. The rebellions and riots not only bring Bolivia to a standstill, but also stop movie production. Costa, the producer of the film and Juan Carlos Aduviri a forceful and articulate native are locked in a conflict within the larger conflict of the water wars. I can remember the news coverage of this water war standstill in 2000 when the Bolivians, who claimed their rights to a commons ownership of their life-giving water which had been freely available for centuries, now had all access to water sealed off to them. Even catching rainwater was also made illegal. The title "Even The Rain" refers to this prohibition. It's a very powerful movie portraying a moment in history which many are unaware of but which highlights the real-world injustices beyond the on-location ego trips of film-making. Excellent cast and script within the limits of a very small budget. The ending is deeply moving. There are Spanish subtitles, but you must turn Closed Captions on in your own TV controls (a cheaper option than adding subtitles).

Quimeras Aug 12, 2015

“También la Lluvia” trata sobre la explotación de recursos humanos y naturales en América Latina. Pienso que el tema se presta mejor a una película estilo documental en vez de esta dramatización.

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JackPurcell
May 14, 2015

A well done, thought provoking movie.

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hammer59
Dec 12, 2014

Dissapointed by the lack of English subtitles. This is 2012, pedejos...

Scaltro Jul 23, 2014

wow, not what you expect and better than you can imagine. It is deep, well acted, an amazing story. why do I have to watch foreign films to get quality like this. Can't recommend this enough.

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ilovewhippets
Mar 19, 2014

Powerful, very well-done movie! Captivating story and beautiful acting! I highly recommend it!

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lvon98
Jun 22, 2013

Largely predictable (and moralizing) from beginning to end.

voisjoe1 Apr 08, 2013

Spaniard film makers come to America to make a movie of how Christopher Columbus exploited and tortured Native Americans to dominate thousands of them with just a small number of Spaniards. The film makers decide that they should shoot the film in Bolivia instead of North America (it’s cheaper to film in Bolivia). While shooting the film with Bolivia’s Native Americans, the film crew find themselves embroiled in protest demonstrations against the Bolivian dictatorship that is stealing the water rights from the Native Americans. At times, the film crew find themselves complicit in exploiting the Native Americans who are portraying Columbus’ victims. North Americans, with this one film, will get a rare opportunity to view the truth about Columbus, the Bolivian dictatorship, and the modern film industry. If you shed a few tears during this film, I guess that will define your personality.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 02, 2013

This film from Spain by director Iciar Bollain was submitted as a constestant in the best foreign language film category in several film festivals. It was well acted by the cast and well directed. It is an interesting film for people who wants a break from action and sex. Educational and informative.

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DanieLinares
Feb 24, 2013

Excellent!

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