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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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Carlos Saura (story)
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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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  (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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Finnish register #85697 delivered on 7-7-77.See more »
Maite:My mother died before I was born.See more »
Movie Connections:
Canción y Danzas N.6See more »


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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Perspectives, 5 January 2005
Author: Daniel Hayes ( from Halifax, NS

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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