Even the Rain

Rated NR 104 minutes 2010

Strained political allegory has two modern-day Spanish filmmakers (Gael García Bernal and Luis Tosar) and their cast and crew caught in the middle of the notorious Cochabamba Water Wars in Bolivia — local natives battling international corporations over the water supply — while trying to make a movie about that same indigenous people’s ancestors being exploited by Spanish conquistadores in the bad old days. Oh, the irony. Screenwriter Paul Laverty (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and director Icíar Bollaín frame too much of the action from the Europeans’ point of view, and the drama is a tad too tidy and incurious for its own good. But non-actor Juan Carlos Aduviri, as a combative, public-spirited extra portraying a rebel leader in the movie within the movie, is well worth watching. (104 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Iciar Bollain

Producer: Juan Gordon, Eric Altmayer, Monica Lozano, Emma Lustres and Pilar Benito

Cast: Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Carlos Santos, Raúl Arévalo and Cassandra Ciangherotti

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