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También la lluvia (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 5 January 2011 (Spain)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director:

Icíar Bollaín

Writer:

Paul Laverty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Costa
Gael García Bernal ... Sebastián
Juan Carlos Aduviri ... Daniel / Atuey
Karra Elejalde ... Antón / Colón
Raúl Arévalo ... Juan / Montesinos
Carlos Santos ... Alberto / Las Casas
Cassandra Ciangherotti ... María
Milena Soliz Milena Soliz ... Belén / Panuca
Leónidas Chiri Leónidas Chiri ... Teresa
Ezequiel Díaz Ezequiel Díaz ... Bruno
Pau Cólera Pau Cólera ... Actor capitán
Vicente Romero ... Actor comandante
Antonio Mora Antonio Mora ... Actor franciscano
Daniel Currás Daniel Currás ... Soldado gallego
Glenda Rodríguez Glenda Rodríguez ... Asistente casting
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Storyline

Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors, is a leading activist in the protest movement. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Spain Conquered the New World for Gold 500 Years Later, Water is Gold Not Much Else has Changed...

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Drama | History

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Spain | Mexico | France

Language:

Spanish | Quechua | English

Release Date:

5 January 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Même la pluie See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€868,070 (Spain), 5 January 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,315, 18 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$558,342, 8 May 2011
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2.35 : 1
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A model involved movie
28 February 2011 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

It would not be surprising if some day a film school professor chose 'También la lluvia' to illustrate a course about committed pictures, for this Spanish-Mexican co-production is indeed a model of its kind.

Intelligently written by Paul Laverty (Ken Loach's regular collaborator since 1996) and competently helmed by Icíar Bollaín (a Spanish actress turned director and, incidentally, Laverty's life companion), 'También la lluvia' examines a social and political event that took place in Bolivia in 2000, the Water War, when an American Water Company tried to privatize the drinking water service in the town of Corachamba, implying a tariff raise in an order from 40% to 300%.

To tell his story, the writer could have adopted the committed filmmaker's standard approach: «display of injustice/negative impact on the group concerned/reaction of the most militant/confrontation/resolution of the conflict». Instead, he imagined the coming of a film crew shooting a movie in the surroundings of Carachambo, getting involved gradually– and against their will - in the troubles affecting Corachamba. So do the viewers, who identify with them without having the feeling they are being manipulated by the authors.

Such a concept also gives 'También la lluvia' added value, making it function on several levels. It enables Laverty to: - inform his audiences about a little known historical event - unveil a hidden chapter of history (through the subject of the film shot within the film: the first opponents to the Conquistadores, Jesuits Bartolomé de las Casas and Antonio de Montesinos) - have the two stories echo each other and enrich each other - cast a spotlight on Bolivia, a neglected country, and on its Indian population - depict complex characters (the more idealistic ones shying away from direct action when confronted to danger while the more reactionary display unexpected bravery)

Helped by Iciar Bollain's sure-handed direction and by the excellence of the cast (Gabriel Garcia Bernal as Sébastián, the tormented director ; Luis Tosar as the cynical producer ; Karra Elejalde, impressive as the provocative star of the film in progress ; and - the revelation of the film, - the amazing Juan Carlos Aduviri, who inhabits his role as the Indian actor/activist Daniel), Paul Laverty manages to teach, move and entertain, while avoiding dogmatism, bias and over-simplification. Just what he is accused of by the flock of bleating French film critics.


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