All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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’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 dense, oppressive atmosphere characterizes this amazing film. After 'The Spirit of the Beehive', Ana Torrent (arguably the greatest child actor there has ever been) lends her presence to this portrait of childhood, at once naturalist and gothic, inside an upper-class setting that pretty much corresponds to the institutionalized corruption of Franco's right-wing rule in Spain. Sad, illuminating film, with a little protagonist of enormous stature and one of the best uses of a pop song to evoke a mood (Jeannette's and José Luis Perales' "Porque te vas").
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…
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…
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.
Memories of a troubled childhood or social/political allegory?
Ana Torrent gives one of the best performances by a child actor I've seen, as a young girl preoccupied with death.
Really charming and difficult story of a young girl and her two siblings trying to cope with the death of their parents in their various ways. Deals with grief in a way that is challenging and wonderful to watch.
Porque te vas?
porque te vas...
You know, I've seen some morbid fucking shit in my life, films included, but Cria Cuervos is definitely up there among the top things. A little kid thinks she killed her father after their mother died of a horrible disease, and then switches between wanting to die herself or wanting to kill her aunt who is now taking care of her and her sisters. Some of the scenes in this movie incorporate that incredible comedy to them where you notice you're chuckling and at that moment you really just want to cry because what the fuck did you just do, man.
"todas las promesas de mi amor se iran contigo
me olvidaras, me olvidaras
junto a la estacion yo llorare igual que un niño
por que te vas, por que te vaaaas"
I love this film because it deals with childhood memories. What's not to love with that? Mwuah!
I'm not sure why I didn't initially think this was nearly an equal to Spirit of the Beehive, when it obviously is. Maybe it's because Erice's film had such a strong impact on me and I was unfairly punishing this for not being exactly like it. I mean, I still think Spirit is better, but I think that about most films, even ones that aren't allegories about Franco's Spain. Which is a lot films.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…