This is a film about the imagination of childhood that has no idea yet whether the world is ordinary or extraordinary, the powerlessness of the child in the grip of tentative imaginings created out of fear and fascination and role of art in our lives. The Spirit of the Beehive is poignant but never over-sentimental, and it's visually gorgeous. Pick any 24th of a second, frame it and you could hang it on a museum wall
Probably my favorite film. It is also the most spiritually violent and angry film I have seen which is appropriate considering it's a kids film. After all, who else but a child can portray such a unsentimental sense of betrayal. We lie to them for their own good we say. The performance by Anna Torent is as good as anything by De Niro, Pacino, Falconneti or Nicholson. The final scene is beyond words, just Spellbinding
A lyrical and magical fable on a haunted childhood's disturbingly loud world. The relationship between reality and fantasy is dealt brilliantly and made Víctor Erice an undeniable influence for the fantasy storytellers of our time. This film is a part of something, it is film history.
Una película silenciosa y de miedos, tal como la España en plena recesión de aquella época. Distinguida dirección de arte y fotografía; los grandes espacios vacíos y hermosos primeros planos de Ana te permiten sentir aquel temor, desconfianza y sobretodo, su obsesión y cuestionamiento por la muerte hacia eventos que resultan banales y sin sentido. ¿Qué mejor que la inocencia de una niña para demostrar todo eso?
Fantastic. Guillermo del Toro probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for this film (horror and monster movies notwithstanding). Excellent portrayal of the real-world horror behind horror stories, the power of the imagination, and the joys (and woes) of being a child. Superb acting on the part of the children. Great Bresson-style pacing, and excellent color photography. Not to be missed.
'I shall fall where the fallen never rise'. Ana, 8 years old, may not believe those words, from a book she read in her classroom, can be true; she may not believe that movies like Frankenstein, that she just watched at the village cinema, are fake. She may believe in spirits then, someone who can 'rise after the fall': maybe there's one lurking around the beehive. EEDLC is one of my favorite movies of all times.
Realizado na época da ditadura de Franco e narrado em tom de fábula, esta obra de V.Erice tem na beleza de sua fotografia e na tensa narrativa minimalista, além da doce atuação de Anna Torrent, elementos que o colocam como uma daquelas obras raras de grande apuro técnico e artístico | Wendell Borges