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

PG  |   |  Drama  |  18 May 1977 (USA)
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Credited cast:
María / Ana
Mónica Randall ...
Paulina - The Aunt
Florinda Chico ...
Héctor Alterio ...
Germán Cobos ...
Nicolás Garontes
Mirta Miller ...
Amelia Garontes
Josefina Díaz ...
Abuela - The Grandmother
Conchita Pérez ...
Mayte Sanchez ...
Maite (as Maite Sánchez)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Sánchez Almendros


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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Cria Cuervos  »

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ESP 96,752,812 (Spain) (3 March 2000)

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5 January 2005 | by (Halifax, NS) – See all my reviews

This film is such a splendid experience that it's difficult to really describe objectively why. The plot, the characters are revealed at a perfect tempo, keeping the audience engrossed and anticipating what's next. Any film with such sparse dialogue needs to make the rare lines worthwhile, and Saura certainly does, probably learning from Erice, the master of indispensable dialogue. Ana Torrent invites all sorts of Erice comparisons, but I see Saura taking a step beyond him here visually.

"Beehive" was a landmark film, and unlike anything that had been made. But the camera maintained the same distance and the story was fundamentally allegorical. Saura experiments with distance, sometimes following the characters closely, sometimes giving an omniscient birds eye view of the area. Sometimes remaining a mere witness to what's happening. It's very carefully calculated to best enhance the scene and keep these extraordinary events within the realm of possibility.

If there's such a film as a director's film, this is it. Although it is certainly worthwhile for the performances as well.

5 out of 5 - Essential

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