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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.
Carlos Saura’s Cria Cuervos is an enigmatic and sombre drama about a child and country in transition. Made whilst General Franco lay on his deathbed it is a film haunted by Spain’s recent past and the legacy of fascism as the real world politics echo throughout the story. It is essentially a coming-of-age story about Ana, a melancholic eight-year old mourning the death of her parents. Her aunt and ill grandmother move into the family home but Ana seems incapable of letting go of the past.
Saura explores his country’s recent history through the eyes of a child. Cria Cuervos - translated as Raise Ravens and based on the Spanish proverb, raise ravens and they’ll pluck out your eyes -…
A brutally depressing companion to The Spirit of the Beehive, Cria cuervos also follows a young girl confronted with death and how she responds to it. Here, director Carlos Saura opts for a modern, urban setting - less fantastical than Erice's masterwork, but much more confrontational in its issues. Saura gets dangerously close to feeling exploitative in the situations he puts little Ana in; literally, as the girl finds herself in the middle of remembered and imagined versions of her parents squabbling together, dying, and comforting her in ways they'll never be again in the world of the living. Imagine a film where Bambi keeps hearing that fated gunshot every five minutes, and what that would do to its outlook…
Carlos Saura has crafted the perfect cure for insomnia.
Cria Cuervos is the kind of film I instinctively respond to. It's an evocative exploration of the dark side of childhood through the eyes of a young girl who has seen too much death, Ana.
The camera pans over from Ana as a young girl to her older self (Geraldine Chaplin in one of her two roles). She explains the uncertainty of childhood and how perhaps it's not such an objectively great portion of life. This is one of the many moments where the somberness of the film is so fluidly transitioned into. Director Carlos Saura introduces deceased characters into a scene with an elegant lack of emphasis. And what this does for the viewer is to face the vast…
Have you noticed that Geraldine Chaplin has her father's smile? That's not necessarily a compliment, by the way. It's the kind of smile where it looks like her teeth are trying to escape from her face.
I've always been struck by Ms. Chapin—in the qualitatively neutral sense of being stricken. She's a good actress, for sure—and she can act in English, French, and Spanish—which is quite a feat when you consider that many popular actors today can't even act in one language. But there's something about her... isn't there? Her gaunt face seems to bring a certain severity to her performances. Even her turn as the indomitable BBC reporter in Altman's Nashville suggests the madness (just) beneath the surface.
Released in the wake of Franco's death, Cría Cuervos takes its title from the Spanish maxim “Raise ravens, and they’ll pluck out your eyes” and cemented Carlos Saura’s reputation as the pre-eminent Spanish director of his time. Wondering how long fascism might be expected to linger in the deepest pools and darkest corners of Spanish middle class life, Saura’s screenplay focuses on a young girl, played by Ana Torrent, who murders her father, a wealthy patriarch and senior military officer who flourished under Franco’s patronage, because she believes that his philanderings precipitated her mother’s fatal illness and death a few years before. Once both her parents have died, she remains in their family home with her sisters, maid, aunt and…
I really liked this film for taking it from the girls point of view and the clever mix of memory, reality and fantasy. While sometimes quite disorienting, the tone of the film expresses a refreshingly different if somewhat melancholic view of childhood from what is normally portrayed as the norm. A telling commentary is also on display of society in mid to late 20th century Spain and some interesting camera work. The Blu Ray is a beautiful transfer. I only wish I has watched it when a little less tired.
One of the best coming of age films I've seen. "Porque Te vas"
Cannes Film Festival: Competition
Grand Prize of the Jury
Golden Globes, USA - Nomination:
Best Foreign Film (Spain)
César Awards, France - Nomination:
Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)
Porque te Vas. <3
A FASCINATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST
Allegorical, repressive and labyrinthine.
Slow-moving, yet thrilling.
Almost made me able to feel like a child coming-of-age again.
It is always a delight to watch Geraldine Chaplin, and the children were very impressive in their roles, particularly Ana Torrent.
The 8/10 was strong, won't know how strong until after rewatching.
"Todas las promesas de mi amor se irán contigo..."
Por que te vas, por que te vas...
Forever grateful for the introduction of Jeanette and Ana Torrent (I watched this before The Spirit of the Beehive).
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