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Cria Cuervos (1976)

Cría cuervos (original title)
PG | | Drama | 18 May 1977 (USA)
Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother, will have to acclimatize to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments and eventually, grow up.




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Credited cast:
María / Ana
Mónica Randall ...
Paulina - The Aunt
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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Ana: The only thing i remember very clearly, is that at the time, i was convinced my father was responsible for all the sadness that embittered the last years of my mother's life. I was convinced that it was he and he alone that had caused her illness and death.
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A film about the girl with sad and serious eyes
6 May 2006 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I took this film in a video library and watched it 3 times. It is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. The techniques in the film are very modest but it's amazing what the director does with them. I liked very much this sad and quiet girl. The scene where her pet dies and she buries him is so solemn and heart-breaking. I felt sad about the old Grandmother who watches the old pictures in sadness. I also liked Geraldine Chaplin, she is very good in this role, her intimate bond with the daughter, and how she looks at Ana with sadness when the girl doesn't notice it. The scene where the girl imagines her mom combing her hair is mesmerizing. Maria's pain is very palpable.

By the way I found some interesting information about this film. Geraldine Chaplin was dubbed in the episodes where she plays the grown Ana. It was done because the actress has a slight British accent which is not annoying or too prominent (for me at least), but the point is that she plays a grown girl, and it would be rather weird if a grown person acquires an accent in one's mother tongue if this accent did not exist during the childhood. So it was an intelligent consideration of the director.

I recommend this movie very much.

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