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The Spirit of the Beehive

El espíritu de la colmena

Directed by Víctor Erice
Spain, 1973
Drama, Fantasy


In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. A bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life.

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The Spirit of the Beehive Directed by Víctor Erice

Critics reviews

One of the most haunting films I have ever seen. So simple and pure and quiet and dreamlike and stimulating. A fantasy that makes more sense than what passes as reality.
July 18, 2018
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Haunting and ethereal, Victor Erice’s debut El Espiritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) is considered a canonical work in post-war Spanish cinema… Through symbolism and ellipsis, the film offers a veiled critique of the cultural monotony of the fascist era, as well as the constraints induced by gender socialisation.
August 24, 2016
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