Tambien La Lluvia – **1/2

Posted: May 19, 2011 in Drama, Spain, XX1/2

 

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1422032/

Saw this movie by chance today. Had time to go to the cinema and this is the one they played. Had heard/read nothing about it and that’s what I like about movies. Sometimes, you can still discover cinema on your own!

The story is simple. A film crew who is filming a movie about Christopher Columbus’ negative story in Bolivia, gets entangled in the fight of the locals against a big commercial water company that is stealing their own water resources. It’s actually quite interesting to see the similarities between what happened 500 years ago and what is happening now. Oppression then was for gold. Oppression now is for water. Even the film crew is hypocrite. They want to make a movie about how Columbus exploited the natives, but they are actually exploiting the locals as well. Paying them very little for acting like extras for instance.

It’s very interesting until the end when members of the film production start to realize what they are doing. Actually the odd thing is that the opinions from the crew members change constantly throughout the movie. Are they supportive or not supportive of the locals fight against the water company? You never really know for sure. Until the end, when some characters takes a stand. But by then you’ve lost support yourself. Just like the movie within the movie, there is no clear end to the story. But 3/4 of the movie is great. The acting especially is very good. Even Gabriel Garcia Bernal isn’t annoying.

Yeah, I can recommend this movie. Well done.

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