Cria Cuervos (1976)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Spain, 1976.  .  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

, star of Victor Erice’s The Spirit of The Beehive three years earlier, is the central figure in this equally mesmerizing, haunting film about the lives of three little girls who are orphaned when their philandering father () follows their unhappy mother () to the grave.  Now under the care of their caring but unprepared aunt, the girls spend the rest of their summer exploring their childhood, with Torrent at the centre reacting with anger and confusion at the betrayals she sees in her superiors. As a grown-up (also played by Chaplin), she narrates her memories of her youth and tries to interpret the metamorphosis that happened to her as she gained a deeper understanding of adult life. One of Carlos Saura’s most powerful films, it’s an exceptional instance of post-Franco cinema and features no shortage of top-notch performances, direction and writing.

The Criterion Collection:  #403

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Jury Prize (tie)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film


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