There’s an ingenious idea behind “Even the Rain”: a Spanish director crew has come to Bolivia to make a film about Christopher Columbus’ genocidal treatment of Caribbean natives only to find his production caught up in uprising by Bolivia’s poor who are enraged by the privatization of local water sources. Here’s a brief report about it from oregonlive.com.
The script, by Ken Loach’s frequent collaborator Paul Laverty, has been translated into Spanish, and director Icíar Bollaín has done a fairly assured job of balancing the troubled-movie narrative (think “8 1/2” or “The Shape of Things”) with the more strident political lessons — both historical and modern — of the story.
Gael García Bernal plays the dreamy director, but the majority of the film rests on the shoulders of Luis Tosar, who plays his hard-hearted producer, and Juan Carlos Aduviri as the hard-headed local man who stands up to the filmmakers and the government and its moneymaking schemes.
The film manages a delicate balance between melodrama and agitprop, principally because the relationship of Aduviri’s and Tosar’s characters strikes a genuine vein of sentiment. It starts as clever, but it ends in real feeling.
For the original report go to http://blog.oregonlive.com/madaboutmovies/2011/05/even_the_rain_review_filmmaker.html