Even the Rain (2010)

Directed By – Icíar Bollaín

Screenplay By – Paul Laverty

Cinematography By – Alex Catalán

Starring Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri & Karra Elejalde

103 min.

Wow. Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) is an excellent film. Even the Rain is about a film cast and crew going into Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a movie about Christopher Columbus’s landing on the new world and what the cast and crew finds in Bolivia is scarily paralleled to the story of Columbus’s treatment of the natives. It is strictly a narrative but at times it feels realer than any documentary I’ve seen.

But what really gets me is when they show scenes from the movie they are shooting (the movie within the movie). The scenes are remarkable, not only are they showing the Bolivian parallel but they are fascinating depictions of Christopher Columbus and his crew. They show just enough of the scenes for you to get a sense of their movie and really want to see it in its entirety. The style is also completely different during these scenes and the change of style instantly engrosses you into the Columbus scenes.

Even the Rain has a large ensemble cast but the acting from top to bottom is spectacular. The cinematography is wonderful showing the beauty of the Bolivian nature and the poverty stricken world of the Bolivian citizens. This is an inspired film.

God Bless America

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