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Even the Rain; This Must Be the Place; Gone; Jo Nesbø's Headhunters

The personal and the political are perfectly balanced and blended in Even the Rain (2010, Dogwoof, 15), a thematically rich and visually impressive drama that was one of the standout treats of this year's Viva! Spanish and Latin American film festival in Manchester.

Directed by Icíar Bollaín and scripted by regular Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty, this follows the (mis)fortunes of a film crew arriving in Bolivia, where they plan to shoot an anti-imperialist drama about Columbus's exploitation of the New World. Gael García Bernal and Luis Tosar are the idealistic director and budget-conscious producer who run into conflicts of interest when the locals, whom they are paying a pittance to appear as extras, become involved in an increasingly bitter uprising against the privatisation of water. Should the historical message of the movie take precedence over the contemporary »

- Mark Kermode

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