Cría cuervos

Cría cuervos

DVD - 2007 | Spanish
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Eight-year-old Ana lives in Madrid with her two sisters. They are mourning the death of their mother, whom Ana conjures as a ghost. The film evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows of fascism.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007.
ISBN: 9781934121733
Branch Call Number: DVD CRI1710
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Vincent T Lombardo Sep 26, 2015

Beautifully filmed, well acted movie about the dark side of childhood, but it also contains much symbolism about living in Franco's Spain. However, it moves very slowly.

Feb 26, 2015

My first Saura film - other than his musical trilogy, including Fado.

Beautifully done - it is an evocative combination of child psychology and Spanish political change.

Jan 17, 2015

Made towards the end of Franco’s regime, Carlos Saura has crafted a brilliant film that is both political allegory and psychological essay. Little Ana, mysterious and taciturn, is still quietly grieving the the death of her mother when she witnesses her father’s demise in the arms of another woman. Left orphaned along with her two sisters she is placed in the care of her strict but well-meaning aunt who moves into the family home bringing the crippled grandmother with her. It is a confusing time for Ana where the magical thinking of childhood meets the harsher realities of the adult world with its contradictory messages and baffling behaviour. She is set adrift in the isolated old house which is haunted with memories of the past whether they be faded snapshots or imaginary visits from her dead mother which bring a smile but little solace. Torn between her authoritarian aunt, her uncommunicative grandmother, and the kind-hearted yet gossipy housekeeper, Ana lashes out with childish abandon at those she feels responsible for her loss of maternal act which inadvertently marks the beginning of her maturation. Saura’s convoluted story moves fluidly between past, present and future aided in large part by the wonderfully understated performances of its two main leads; Ana Torrent as the troubled child and Geraldine Chaplin’s dual role as both mother and adult Ana. Although the ghost of Franco is never far away...military uniforms abound, an air of repression is everywhere, and the ending hints at monumental changes to come...this is also a study in memory. Do we recall memories, or do we manufacture them after the fact in order to justify our actions? By concentrating on Ana’s inner turmoil as she reluctantly lets go of the past and takes her first awkward steps towards adulthood Saura quietly illuminates the many pains of growing up in a way that is universal. Excellent!

Mar 10, 2014

This is a really good period piece for the mid 70's for both the styles of the times and the social climate of Spain at the end of the Franco regime. I really liked the optimism that glitters through this very heavy subject.


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