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Cria Cuervos (1976)
"Cría cuervos" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 May 1977 (USA)
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In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their ... See full summary »

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Maria - The Mother / Ana - The Daughter as an Adult
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Florinda Chico ...
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Héctor Alterio ...
Anselmo
Germán Cobos ...
Nicolás Garontes
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Amelia Garontes
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Conchita Pérez ...
Irene
Mayte Sanchez ...
Maite (as Maite Sánchez)
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Juan Sánchez Almendros
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In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their military father Anselmo. Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by death, after seeing her mother having a painful death and her father dead in bed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The title in Spanish stems from the phrase "Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes". The equivalent phrase in English would be "you reap what you sow". See more »

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Maite: My mother died before I was born.
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A composed meditation on the passing of Franco's Spain
10 June 2011 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A quietly brilliant film, Cría cuervos is a touching and funny but profoundly serious meditation on the end of the Franco era. Clearly there is a wealth of material in the basic metaphor of children growing up around dysfunctional and disingenuous parents. Carlos Saura goes out of his way to make a more ambivalent film though. The children are not on the cup of adolescence but buried in the depth of childhood - the only conventional passage is that of the denouement which shows the girls on the way back to school. Within the film there is all manner of quietly teased-out misdirection and surrealism: the constant overlay of Ana the child and woman, and the same with her mother, dead and alive; a child's plain-faced obsession with death, which, simultaneously, she fails to really understand; a plate of chicken's claws, ominously preserved in a fridge.

So there's the meditative oddity of Jodorowsky but also the child's eye perspective of Bergman (Fanny and Alexander was yet to be made though). I think the most affecting thing may be the mono-pace of the camera and editing, which never rushes to artificially stimulate the drama. That's left to the story as seen and told by Ana. Ana Torrent, in this role, is fairly miraculous, composed but engaged in almost every frame, usually in close-up. Geraldine Chaplin is also wonderful as the mother/older Ana, maintaining the opaque gaze of a Spanish woman at the heart of the injustices of Franco's warped society. An economical, uncomplicated, poetic film of lasting power. 8/10


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