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  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    If all the elements of a great story work, and you have great actors, then magic can happen. Everyone in this film is quite good, but especially Ana with her incredibly expressive eyes. The camerawork is flawless and the result is pure poetry.

  2. Ghostman's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive is a one of a kind masterwork, lighting in a bottle. Not only does it rival any filmic work that touches upon the subject of childhood, the film also makes way for an unexpectedly powerful political message about not just the era it depicts but society as a whole. A transcendent work of art and I can see why some would call this Spain's best film as it really might be.

  3. Benjamin Reid's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    We often think of good and evil as the stuff of children's stories and the adult world as being morally gray. However, social politics, especially during wartime, enforces rules of right and wrong that perhaps only children can see past. Stinging bees makes honey. Hunted monsters befriend children. Like Frankenstein's monster's floating flowers, we find ephemeral wonders in life that we hope can distract us from fear

  4. Effendi Ben Smith-Malick's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Goddamn kids trying to kill Zachary Binx! When will it end?!

  5. Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Striking in its visuals, every frame looks like a classic painting... but it's also too self-satisfied in its aesthetic. It mulls over its photogenic beauty without elongating story elements that are aloof at best. The plot even takes an hour+ for the unfocused real-world conflict to begin leading to a resolution. Put it on mute in the background when you write/paint/etc and glance up for visual inspiration. Repeat.

  6. Ioan Bănculescu's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  7. The Macho King's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    “Now neither malice no hatred, nor even the fear of change. I only feel thirst, a thirst for I know not what. Rivers of life, where have you gone?.... Air, I need air. What do you see in the darkness that makes you silently tremble?... I see not but only stare like a blind man facing straight into the sun. I shall fall where the fallen never rise"

  8. Sergio Fernandez's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  9. armyofbirds's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Beautiful, quiet movie about a disintegrating family, an oppressed country and the inner life of a little girl, who is the shunned creature and benevolent guide at once. A portrait of solitude.

  10. Diderot's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Ana Torrent's big debut is still the best child presence in the history of cinema (here and in "Cría cuervos...").

  11. Seesaw's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  12. aurkihnowe's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Themes emerge...the all too soon discarded sense of/wallow in wonder to take your (often almost) predestined place in society and the friction caused by said lining up...the running metaphor here is simple but poignant, the imaging is fantastico, the acting (even by the preteen children) is sublime, and the meta (gotta get a thesaurus) use of the Frankenstein movie fits like a glove... essential viewing,

  13. MisterColo93's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    4.3/5 loss of innocence.. Greatest spanish movie?

  14. gld48's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Beautiful. Blows Pan's Labyrinth out the water.

  15. Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    One of the very best films about childhood innocence and contemplation, and what child to do it better than the brooding Anna Torrent. The story follows two little sisters that go to the screening of Frankenstein, which leaves a lasting impact on the sensitive youngest one. The spirit of a haunted child overtakes the rest of the film expressing profoundly with its silence.

  16. dordairobert's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  17. Walker's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Gorgeous tableaux of a childhood around the time of the Spanish Civil War. Watch it more than once; this one is a grower for sure.

  18. Eriugena82's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    I absolutely loved this. A wonderful representation of childhood innocence and wonder when faced with the 'serious' concerns of the adult world. There is the backdrop of Franco's Spain and the cracks left by the civil war but mostly this is not explicit. From a visual perspective it was stunning, and combined with an excellent soundtrack this only adds to the poetic and dreamlike nature of the film.

  19. Nicole Richie's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  20. Bruno's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Que película tán maravillosa, la sugestión de un asombro, la niñez.

  21. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    An exploration of the Frankenstein story as political allegory in post-civil war Spain. Also as commentary on the father-daughter relationship. And beehives, representing both country & family... All of which, for all implied complexity, are neither woven into anything resembling coherence, nor individually treated with more than hints at depth. Maybe due to Franco's censorship regime...? Still, mostly underwhelming.

  22. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

  23. ginobartolomi's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Yes, this film is about coping with war, it's about the power of childhood imagination....I also found it to be a tender ode to the love of the cinema. That moment when Ana's reflection turns into Frankenstein's in the water and she turns around to see him in standing their in the flesh is just chilling.

  24. FISCHER's rating of the film The Spirit of the Beehive

    Cette magnifique et rare production ibérique, d'un réalisateur peu prolifique, reste une des plus fines incursions du cinéma dans le domaine de l'enfance entrecroisant imaginaire et réalité avec autant de bonheur, de simplicité et d'émotion. www.cinefiches.com

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