Even the Rain is Spanish director Icíar Bollaín’s (Take My Eyes) film about the never ending exploitation of the powerless by the powerful.
Ostensibly about the making of a Christopher Columbus biopic covering his discovery of America and ensuing exploitation of native Americans. The filming of the biopic itself is simply another layer in the same cycle of exploitation with the troubled production’s own exploitation of cheap local labour.
The film within this film exploits the Indians just as Columbus did. This is embodied in the subtle performance of Gael Garcia Bernal as Sebastian, the director, who has vague sympathies for his low-paid workers but places his film above everything. It’s an audacious and multi-layered conceit which draws wider contemporary parallels as it dramatises one of the extras struggle with a foreign company attempting to privatise the local water and sell it back to the American Indians across whose land it flows. And the name of that company may be rather familiar in the UK...
Subtitled screening- Spanish with English Subtitles
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