For just under two hours I was completely absorbed in this film. And Anna Torrent - what a star! THE ultimate child actor. An utterly hypnotising and faultless performance. All I want now is to find a snug little sofa for my flat and listen to Porque te vas on repeat until my neighbours complain. Unfortunately bright red isn't my colour.
Ana Torrent is hands down my favorite child actor, and in this precious little gem she plays a morbid little girl traumatized by the early death of her parents. Torrent’s old soul and haunted expression is just so good. One to watch right after Spirit of the Beehive.
Ana Torrent is absolutely captivating and the best child actor I've seen. The film could have done without the narration of older Ana. The scene when Ana cries for her mother and when she listens to her mother on her deathbed are two of the most emotionally powerful scenes I've had the chance to see on screen.
god, i love this film so much. the cinematography of course stands out for its richness from countryside shots to domestic interiors and wardrobe (peep that red turtleneck). the narrative was refreshing and not formulaic at all, while still leaving the audience with a familiar sense of melancholic woe for childhood. "Me quiero murir!"
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
LE film sur l'enfance, dans toute son ambivalence. On est véritablement plongé dans la psyché de cette petite fille qui se découvre à travers des sentiments d'amour et de haine qui s'entremêlent avec une ambiguité des plus troublante... Une oeuvre incontournable qui interroge sur cette étape de la vie, pas si innocente que cela.