In Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos…, Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin).
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The best moments are the more subdued ones, where the acting isn't distracted by the showy and unearned direction. Hence, the scenes where the children are playing far surpass any forced psychological scene which jarringly contrast with the more natural moments. Do I even have to talk about how great Ana Torent is? She is the greatest child actor or actress ever. BOW DOWN TOWARDS THE GODDESS. WE ARE NOT WORTHY
Complex, challenging and most of all profound. Suara had a spotty career (at best) following Cria Cuervos, but the film deserves all the praise it receives for being a masterpiece of psychological-drama. It's like an expressionist painting in which strokes of reality, memory and fantasy collide with one another and place you in the mind of a child struggling to come to terms with loss.
Set inside a morbid, dark fascist era house, Carlos Saura's exquisite drama is both a political allegory and haunting psychological character study of a society and the people that make up the society teetering on the edge of rapid change. At time it shares similarities with The Spirit of the Beehive, but lacks the visual beauty of the latter film. However its performances and script are all assured.
A sad family drama and commentary on Spain in the early 70's.To appreciate its greatness,one does not have to understand the mixture of the personal and political.
Young Ana Torrent is brilliant.Of course the song 'Porque te vas' was a big hit.
The young Ana Torrent remains just as lovely as she was in The Spirit of the Beehive, but this time her role is darker and the themes more conflictive, dealing with loss of important people in her life through an obscure series of events she may have been involved in, whether she (and the audience) knows when to set apart imagination from reality. Though joyfully campy at times, to me this is a masterpiece.