Also the rain. Perhaps they are not men?
Also the rain. Perhaps they are not men?
The new movie of Icíar Bollaín
Title: Also the rain
Original title: Even the Rain
Country: Spain / Mexico / France
I release in Spain: 1/5/2011
Producer: Brunette Films
The director: Icíar Bollaín
Script: Paul Laverty
Luis Tosar / Coast
Gael García Bernal / Sebastián
Juan Carlos Aduviri/Daniel – Hatuey
Karra Elejalde / Anthony – Columbus
Carlos Santos / Alberto – Brother Bartolomé de las Casas
Raúl Arévalo / Juan – Antonio Montesinos
Qualification: Not recommended for 7-year-old minors
Sebastián is a young film director who achieves that a producer, Costa, finances a movie on the vicissitudes that Columbus had to spend with the natives in its discovery of the New World. Coast in its emulation to low the price of the production does not hesitate to place the location in Bolivia.
The director wants to put the accent in the brutality of the Spanish and the courage of several members of the Church who wanted to denounce what there was happening with the treatment to the natives.
Sebastián and Coast soon realize of that the planning of a calm shooting in Bolivia enrevesa from the casting with the native actors. The evil is accentuated by the explosion of the social conflict in April, 2000 in what it is known as the War of the Water (privatization of the water for a foreign society who was preventing up to the use of the water of the rain on the part of the people).
The main actor, indigenous leader, has turned into the Bolivian leader at the head of the protests against the privatization of the water. Once it has exploded the conflict there is no return. This situation puts in danger the ending of the movie. Sebastián and Coast will turn out to be forced to take different courses in its emotional trip.
Almost three movies are the fifth achievement of Iciar Bollaín in one. On the one hand we have the adventures that a human group (the director, producer, the technical team and the actors) has to go avoiding to be able to obtain its target: the achievement of a movie on the pillaging and barbarism in the performance of the troops of Columbus once it had conquered America. This is the second movie: the scenes that this human team rolls characterized like the actors who intervene in the movie on Columbus. And the third movie would be the interrelation that there has this human team (a few times as persons deprived of its actors' attributes and others as actors) with the cochabambinos (inhabitants of the population where in April, 2000 I begin the riots of the War of the Water) and the attitude that they take to the posicionarse in the conflict.
This that I have tried to sum up of clear and very simple form it is not by no means. But the director in its movie Also the rain if that obtains it. It manages to do believable that we are present in the shooting of a movie, that we assist to the projection of the same one in a room where visionan the captures and that we appear taking position in the conflict: if we leave to the change first ones or if, on the contrary, we take part and do all the possible from helping the natives in a just cause and that is not so ludicrous as it be able to seem in the first moment: to privatize the use and enjoyment of the water (also that of the rain).
Let's see little more the different plots. Sebastián and Coast, the director and producer, prove to be very happy because they have obtained the sufficient resources to be able to carry out its long-awaited project. They do not hesitate to locate the location in Bolivia (surroundings of Cochabamba) and there they place its Santo Domingo. They do not also have conscience in four Bolivians / dollars pay to the multitude of extra that need. And to a certain extent all this is logical: it is necessary to reinvent of constant form to extract forward the projects. The bad only thing is that to Coast they catch him boasting of that the native ones (for him they all are equal until it comes across with Daniel) are the simple some and are saving themselves a heap of pasta. Sebastián accepts almost everything. It is obsessed in spite of extracting its movie pass and these technical details are pecata menu. But we see the authentic director when they have to appear suppressing a scene. Go ahead that this scene, the suppressed scene, is for me the best of the whole movie and that that only they show us its exposition. The said scene takes place when the native ones are infuriated by the arbitrary decision to have to refill a bell species with gold after the day and deliver it to the hosts of Columbus. Both men and women flee with its small shoots in its lap. The distances are shy and the soldiers are taking responsibility for them. To flee more quickly the natives raise drowning the children. We do not know if this was like that, but if that its director raises it. And the alone exposition of the scene sets the spiky hairs. The indigenous / Bolivian ones tremble and refuse to continue its orders although at the moment of the immersion dolls would be used. Worrying. The exposition of this scene and its defense gives us the real dimension of this tolerant, passionate, human personage, but something cynically and that is defined by a phrase: "This conflict will happen and one will forget … our movie not”.
The movie that Sebastián wants to realize part of the sermon that brother Antonio Montesinos exhorted in 1511 in Santo Domingo, call of that time The Spaniard and that was obeying a question that was in its mind: Perhaps they are not men? In this speech it pronounces: "I am Christ's voice that cries in the desert. He says this voice that you all are in mortal sin and in him you live and die, for the cruelty and tyranny that you use with this one nations”. For it it reconstructs the hypothetical church where it spread the message and documents the atrocities that the hosts of Columbus inflicted the native ones
The third plot is the one that develops in the proper city of Cochabamba, Bolivian city where the cinematographic team has moved to roll the location of the movie on Columbus. 500 years later we are present at another social riot. The handles, sticks and stones of the natives are replaced with other stones and with an iron will for struggles against the armed forces. A few forces that they do not hesitate to kill for make to fulfill an unjust law that the only thing for that he looks is to legalize the impoverishment of an indigenous population opposite to the hoarding of a multinational. In this occasion it is not for the coveted gold but for the necessary and basic water, the simplest of the vital elements, but the most necessary. Past and present are mixed on the screen. Fond of the members of the team and fond of the own movie, since its main actor, the native Hatuey (to the ripeness Daniel) interferes in the disturbances of the War of the Water and he is detained putting in danger the ending of the movie.
What does the person feel after the personage interprets? What does the personage feel on having re-lived through the situation 500 years later? What onlooker proves to see on the screen a convincing Brother Antonio Montesinos invoking the soul that also the natives have (: “perhaps they are not men?”) but since Juan wants to flee of the country before the appearance that is taking the popular riot?
The War of the Water marks these relations between persons / personages and the native ones of Cochabamba. Also the rain gathers with enough loyalty what happened between 1999 and 2000. The Bolivian government in these years privatized the most significant industries as there are the mines. The World Bank, the transnational companies and the mafias of the government tried to take the water from the people. When there was approved the law that was regulating this situation only they had access to the central system of the water half of the population. Another half was stocking up by means of a few cooperative wells that they had constructed themselves to cover its basic needs. This Law was having to deliver these wells to the exploitative entity. Without any compensation in the inverted time and the money. For many inhabitants this provoked an increase in the receipt of the water of up to 300 % in some cases. A worker who was gaining $ 80 a month, could meet suddenly that its receipt was raising from $ 5 to $ 25 per month.
Óscar Olivera, one of the leaders (to Daniel's resemblance) of the Coordinating committee of Defense of the Water and of the Life showed: "In Bolivia, as the rest of the countries of the continent, from the eighties, is implemented the neoliberal economic model as a form of rejob of the reactionary forces in the world ambience, which grouped in the most powerful countries of the world, the international financial organisms and the biggest transnational, that only they think about how to dominate to the world, exploit our natural resources and increase its profit”.
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In the interpretive paragraph header to emphasize the big work that Juan Carlos Aduviri realizes. As Hatuey is the chief of the riot of the American natives. It is infuriated before the violent acts of the soldiers of Columbus and for mor of the circumstances also it turns into leader of the Bolivians, like Daniel, in its defense to the access to the water, like father and husband who resides in Cochabamba. Double role for the one who is not a professional actor (as the rest of Bolivian actors). I like thinking that the scene with which it starts the movie where Daniel is infuriated in the line of the people who waits for the casting should have happened this way really. A man who appears I integrate in the defense of a few values. Gael García and Luis Tosar are haughty and believable. They suffer with its contradictions and incongruities, but especially the trip that Tosar initiated on having gone to Bolivia will transform its life.
Bollaín assumes a big challenge: a mammoth production with four thousand extra ones. Intimist leaves behind its court movies. There handles the histories with a vigor enthusiast where the succession of the planes they happen fluently and ease and with big sense of the narrative rhythm. But also she proves to be an awkward woman and realizes a movie of social criticism where the privatization of the water is denounced. Also he does not hesitate to get with the colonialism. Nowadays the history recurs. Today we have to keep on speaking about settlers and colonized. It is enough to raise a little the sight and to see it every day in our TV or in the press. They will have changed the forms (there are already no bonfires) will have changed the objects of the desire (the gold passes to the water) but it has not changed the fund: the rich boring person to the poor person, the wealthy one humiliates the destitute person, the oppressor oppresses the people, with the lucre as backdrop.
Risky bet of Icíar Bollaín with a social movies, of political denunciation, but that it takes as proved an entertaining, awkward movie and of good to see, with good tones and certain verisimilitude.
In the official web of the movie there is a small informative dossier for educators that illustrates the central topic of the movie.
EntrePueblos has organized an activity parallel to the projection of movies. Until middle of January, we will have in the movies Manhattan of Valladolid an exhibition on some topics that appear in the last movie of Icíar Bollaín, Also the rain, on the struggle against the privatization of the water in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the new colonization … In addition to recommending to you the movie, you can see the exhibition in the web of the OT of Valladolid:
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