10 - A structural marvel, counterpointing fantasy and childlike wonder with cold reality and maturation, and underpinning both of these aspects with an escapist icon while interweaving counterculture symbolism and reinforcing it all with breathtaking visual motifs of imprisonment and isolation. A modern fable capped off with one of cinema's supreme moments of disillusionment.
A sense of mystery, the unexplainable in the child's eye, the wonder, the misunderstanding, the almost supernatural in its wispy awe of the adult world, and the impressions it makes on the very young. It's standing in the shallow end of the pool and staring at the unknown depths of the deep end, maybe even taking a few curious steps forward to peer into that unknown.
Maybe the was the high expecation, or just a presumption of what the film would be like, but I just couldn't get into this. I loved every aspect of El Sur and went into this film knowing the ratings and seeing the general consensus that this was Erice's best and I guess it just was not what I was expecting.
One of the great films. It's amazing that some wonderful Spanish films were not censored under Franco - films which did not directly criticize Franco, the government or the Church. This is one of those films but the oppressive environment and and depression of the family & main characters is palpable.