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Cria Cuervos -- Disturbed, eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters, mourns the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost.


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Release Date:
18 May 1977 (USA) See more »
In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Simple, but labyrinthine. Truly fantastic. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order)

Geraldine Chaplin ... María / Ana
Mónica Randall ... Paulina - The Aunt
Florinda Chico ... Rosa

Ana Torrent ... Ana
Héctor Alterio ... Anselmo
Germán Cobos ... Nicolás Garontes
Mirta Miller ... Amelia Garontes
Josefina Díaz ... Abuela - The Grandmother
Conchita Pérez ... Irene
Mayte Sanchez ... Maite (as Maite Sánchez)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Sánchez Almendros

Directed by
Carlos Saura 
Writing credits
Carlos Saura (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Pedro El Samu .... assistant producer
Elías Querejeta .... producer
Original Music by
Federico Mompou 
José Luis Perales 
Cinematography by
Teo Escamilla 
Film Editing by
Pablo G. del Amo  (as Pablo G. Del Amo)
Production Design by
Rafael Palmero 
Costume Design by
Maiki Marín 
Makeup Department
Tomasa Benito .... assistant makeup artist
Concepción Cano .... hair stylist (as Conchita Cano)
Romana González .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gregorio Hebrero .... production supervisor
Fernando Hermoso .... unit manager
Primitivo Álvaro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Parra .... third assistant director
Pedro Pérez .... second assistant director
Francisco J. Querejeta .... first assistant director
Art Department
M. Del Marin Carmin .... set designer
Jesús Mateos .... furniture maker (as J. Mateos)
Jesús Mateos .... props (as J. Mateos)
Sound Department
Antonio Illán .... sound re-recordist (as Antonío Illán)
Bernardo Menz .... sound (as Bernardo Mens)
Miguel Ángel Polo .... boom operator (as Miguel Polo)
Miguel Ángel Polo .... sound (as Miguel Polo)
Camera and Electrical Department
José M. de Nicolás .... assistant camera (as José MaNicolás)
Javier A. López Martinez .... still photographer
Domingo Solano .... second camera operator
Santiago Zuazo .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angelines Castro .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Raposo .... assistant editor
Juan Ignacio San Mateo .... assistant editor (as Juan San Mateo)
Other crew
Pedro Esteban .... production assistant (as Pedro Esteban Samu)
M. Grange .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Gregorio Hebrero .... production assistant
Paco Lucio .... script supervisor (as Francisco J. Lucio)
Roberto Parra .... production assistant
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache: France

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Also Known As:
"Cría cuervos" - Spain (original title)
"Raise Ravens" - International (English title) (informal literal English title), UK (literal English title)
"Cria!" - USA (alternative title)
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Germany:110 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Maite:My mother died before I was born.See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Simple, but labyrinthine. Truly fantastic., 26 August 2007
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A perfect sister film to one of my absolute favorites, Spirit of the Beehive. It also stars Ana Torrent and has similar themes. And I like it probably as much. Torrent, three years older but looking pretty much the same, plays the middle child of three girls. At the beginning of the film, their father has just died. Their mother (played by Geraldine Chaplin) died a while back. The film is told through the mind of Ana, who is still mourning her mother, and she often sees her. It can be confusing at the beginning. Chaplin also appears as the adult Ana, who narrates some of her thoughts, or possibly as what Ana believes she will become. This is very ambiguous. The girls' aunt Paulina is now taking care of them. The duty was kind of forced upon her and, while she's trying her hardest, it's taking its toll. She's stern and not well liked by the girls, especially Ana. There isn't much plot, per se, and what little there is shouldn't be ruined. We often see Ana's imagination and memories come to life. We see her witness fights between her parents. Later on, she reenacts them with her sisters. The film is about what children observe, how they interpret it and how they act on those interpretations. The film also has political ramifications, subtle ones that are pretty difficult to grasp. The title is the beginning of a Spanish proverb that goes: "Raise ravens, and they'll tear out your eyes." Like Spirit of the Beehive, the film depicts a child experimenting with her own cruelty and violence. Supposedly this is all a criticism of the Fascist government (Franco had just died by this point, so his regime was just on its way out). It's a very dense and fascinating movie. You'd probably still be swimming through its mysteries on a hundredth viewing. If you thought possibly that Ana Torrent was not acting in Spirit of the Beehive, this will set you straight. Her blank, soulful expression is here in full force, of course, but here you see the slightest smile creep across her face, and you can just tell exactly what she's thinking. I'm afraid I've done an awful job reviewing Cría Cuervos. I haven't expressed how touching it is when dealing with Ana's loneliness (there's a scene where she dreams that her mother pops into her bedroom to tell her a story that's just heartbreaking), or how it often straddles dark comedy, like the scenes between Ana and the maid. I think that difficulty in reviewing it shows just how layered and confounding the film is. It shoots right up my favorites list. It's easily the best film I've seen all year. Bravo to Criterion for bringing this one to DVD. Hope they also get to Saura's La Caza sometime in the future.

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