In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. A bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life.
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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
My 2nd 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
I would have loved to rate 5* this movie as most of my MUBI friends did. But if I want to be honest with myself, I can't. I liked a lot Ana Torrent (who wouldn't ?) but that's about all, Already forgotten..
The visuals are incredible. I feel like it creates a wonderful mood in the desertic region. It seems like after the war everyone wants to escape, and they do. The mother by sending letters and the father with his bees. They leave the girls to their imagination, and they make the most of it. I felt the story was good, but the last act is not that good. It doesn't feel conclusive. Apart from that, it's a great film.
The movie brims with a sense of innocence and wonder for those moments and feelings we all eventually have to come across but not always wish to do so, the evocations of childhood memories achieved here are as striking as no other movie I've experienced before. Beautiful film.
one of the most poignant films I've ever seen. Breath-takingly shot while using very little dialogue but still managing to unveil a simple yet richly detailed and emotionally gripping strory makes The Spirit of the Beehive nothing short of a masterpiece. Everyone should see this now!
I want to give Ana Torrent a hug, for her innocence, for her fragility, for her magic. I am haunted by how she is haunted by the monster who glimpses the feelings of being, being human. Films never end when the last reel passes through the projector...
The mother and father stayed with me more than the children ... I'm not sure what this says about me. I think the environment the parents created for the children as a result of their individual predicaments was so sad and so beautiful.