A New Way of Bonding
by larth1 on November 18, 2013 - 4:57pm
When one group explores to unfamiliar land they are likely to be exposed to that area’s social classes, social issues, politics, and will encounter different social interactions that they may not be used to. Even the Rain (Bollain, I. 2010) exhibits two different groups that socially interact and bounce off of each other to help with issues each group is facing.
Director Sebastian, producer Costa, and their crew travel to Bolivia to cheaply reenact Columbus’s encounter with the native people of the New World. However, when the crew firsts arrive a distinctive difference between classes is made in Bolivia. The director and his crew are all well dressed, groomed, and have vehicles. On the other hand, the people lining up to try out for the film being made are dressed in rags and desperate to get a part in the movie. Daniel, one of the inhabitants of Bolivia, freaks out and stands up for the people when the crew states that they simply do not have enough time to review each person. Daniel, as well as the rest of the people view this filming as an opportunity to make some more money, which is a scarce resource in Bolivia.
A problem that the Sebastian and his crew face is that Bolivia’s government is privatizing the water supply. Because the people of Bolivia are already poor enough, by having to pay more for their water causes mass protests. Daniel, being a lead role in the movie being filmed and leader of the riots, is jailed which causes the directors to pay for his bail. As the movie being filmed progresses, Daniel is needed for key parts of the film but in order for the director and producer to bail him out they must return him after the needed scene. They agree but it is noticeable they feel bad. The director of Even the Rain, Iciar Bollain is trying to portray how overtime a relationship is beginning to grow between the two different groups of people.
Additionally, Costa, helps Daniel’s daughter who got hurt in the riots. Instead of leaving the country with the rest of the film crew, he goes out of his way to drive through the riot driven town with people getting shot and fights in every square inch of the town. Later in the movie, the bond between Costa and Daniel is displayed dramatically when Costa opens a gift from Daniel. Costa receives a small amount of water to show Daniel’s gratitude and new friendship with Costa. Bollain is further showing how there are bonds created between the two different groups of people of upper and lower classes and also from two separate countries.
Alongside with the privatization of the Bolivian water is that Sebastian, the director of the film inside the movie, tells the governor that the people of Bolivia’s requests are reasonable, however, the governor responds that they do not have enough resources to lower the price of water and it is difficult to reason with the people because they are illiterate. The director is demonstrating what it is like when outsiders come into a different country, and crosses political borders, especially one that is poorer than their home country.
Overall, Sebastian and Costa’s views on the country changed drastically from when they arrived to Bolivia and once they left. In the beginning, they wanted to get in and film the movie and get out and make the movie the cheapest way possible. However, Sebastian and Costa encounter new social ties with the people of Bolivia and are more aware of what is happening in the country of Bolivia other than the people just being poor. The director does a great job exposing how humans have the ability to be open minded and that social interactions can happen between different classes and cultures.
Bollain, I., Gordon, J., Benito, P., Altmayer, E., Serrano, M.L., Lustres, E. (2010). Even the rain [DVD]. Morena Films Alebrije Cine y Video Mandarin Cinema.