Watch: Cría cuervos… 1976 123movies, Full Movie Online – In Madrid, orphan sisters Irene, Ana, and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina and their mute, crippled grandmother after the deaths of their mother and their military father Anselmo. Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by death, after watching her mother having a painful death and her father dead in bed..
Plot: In Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos…, Ana Torrent portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin).
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Simple, but labyrinthine. Truly fantastic.
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.
A beautiful film.
This gorgeous film can work as something of a companion piece to the sublime 1973 Spanish film Spirit of the Beehive, also starring wide-eyed girl-wonder Ana Torrent. It tells the tale of a a group of three young girls whose parents both die in separate incidents. They are put into the care of their Aunt, who doesn’t want them to dwell upon their tragic experiences. The story is told through the perspective of Ana, an imaginative (and rather morbid) girl who tries to understand the complicated adult world and the authority figures that surround her. She believes that she murdered her father with poison, and that her mother visits her in the night. The film doesn’t really have any other narrative–it’s more of a glimpse into the life of a young girl’s summer after experiencing tragedy. Due to this unconventional structure, it can be a bit slow and frustrating at times, but if you stick with it, you might find it to be a rewarding viewing. It’s an exceptionally beautiful film, and like Spirit before it, it is never condescending to its lead character. The film is also a fascinating socio-political commentary on post-Franco Spain, and is rich with symbolism and metaphor, much of which I probably didn’t catch upon first viewing. However, if you don’t have a working knowledge of Spanish history, the film does a fine job as a family drama.
Original Language es
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min)
Director Carlos Saura
Writer Carlos Saura
Actors Ana Torrent, Conchita Pérez, Mayte Sanchez
Awards 8 wins & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Madrid Film S.A., Madrid, Spain
Film Length 2,740 m (Spain), 3,030 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm