Even the Rain (15)
Water in film has had a long and varied history, and over the years the Film Society has dipped its toe into several: Polanski’s Knife in the Water, Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’ itself, London River, Chinatown, some of Werner Herzog’s epic explorations and ’Manon des Sources’.
In ‘Even in Rain’, scripted by Paul Lavery, one of Ken Loach’s more prolific screenplay writers, director Bollain seeks to compare the impact on the native Indian population of the arrival of Christopher Columbus with events of the Bolivian Cochabamba ‘Water Wars’ of AD 2000. Ambitiously, he adds a third element, the ‘film within a film’ and the way in which budgetary restraints affect the making of a well-intentioned historical drama. Real life overtakes fiction, and the modern director finds himself perpetuating the exploitation which his film is being created to denounce.
Strong performances by a talented cast create an unusual drama which has an almost documentary feel about it.
Cast: Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde and Raúl Arévalo
Awards: Won sixteen, Nominated for twelve
Icíar Bollaín | Spain/Mexico | 2010 | 104 mins | 15
Weighted vote 92.2%