Reviewed byakunVote: 9/10/10
I've just finished seeing this film, and its just great. Ana Torrent, forher age is amazing!Through the eyes of Ana, i saw death, and sadness.....her childhood isawfuland unexpected.We all have been childs....and we know of what Carlos Saura istalkingJust Great
Reviewed byClaudio CarvalhoVote: 8/10/10
In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene (Conchota Pérez), Ana (Ana Torrent)and Maite (Maite Sánchez) are raised by their austere aunt Paulina(Mônica Randall) together with their mute and crippled grandmotherafter the death of their mother (Geraldine Chaplin) and their militaryfather Anselmo (Héctor Alterio). Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinatedby death, after seeing her mother having a painful death and her fatherdead in bed.
"Cria Cuervos" is a beautiful and sad movie of Carlos Saura that can bewatched in two levels: in the first plane, it is a film that recallsthe style of the family dramas of Ingmar Bergman. However, in a deeperlevel, the story is actually a metaphor of the recent Spanish politicalhistory, and each character represents a segment of their society:Ana's father represents the military dictatorship of Franco; her dyingmother, the republic; her grandmother, those who miss the republic; Anais probably the youth with a sad childhood surrounded by deaths. Theconclusion is a message of hope for the people. I believe that thosefamiliarized with the Spanish history would find many other elements,but in both levels this movie is wonderful. The title is a reference tothe Spanish proverb "Cría cuervos y te sacaran los ojos" which means"Raise the ravens, and they will remove your eyes". Ana Torrent showsher amazing talent in the beginning of her successful career. My voteis eight.
Title (Brazil): "Cría Cuervos " ("Raise Ravens ")
Reviewed byEfzedVote: 10/10/10
Like almost everyone i found this movie extraordinary touching andbeautifulwhen i first saw it. I watched it several times and i realized something,it's really about Spain under Franco's dictatorship. Every character is ametaphor of Spain , the beautiful mother killed, cheated on by hermilitaryhusband, the collaborating auntie who tries to educate the children, theoldmute grand mother, who only wants to remember the old days (the republic)etc... every line in the movie can be heard in a completely different.Theyoung rebel Ana is a true symbol of the spanish youth who can't standanymore the military oppression, and who wanna be free to see the outsideworld (the song is reggae !). and the final scene with the hope of a neweracoming (when the kids are arriving at school as a new year is beginning)isthe reflection of what was about to happen in Spain (Franco died the sameyear).Anyway, whether you want to see its political message or not, it's just awonderful movie, one of my favorite.
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.