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  • Actors: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico, Ana Torrent, Héctor Alterio
  • Directors: Carlos Saura
  • Writers: Carlos Saura
  • Producers: Elías Querejeta, Pedro El Samu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QXDFR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cria Cuervos (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos… heralded a turning point in Spain: Shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: "Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes"). Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) 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 (played by an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.

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Women in Catholic Spain have been repressed,subdued,stereo-typed.
technoguy
Bonus features include a great documentary about the director and recent interviews of Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent.
Daniel S.
I was expecting "Cria Cuervoes" to be a thriller, but instead it's more of a psychological drama.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bartolomé Mesa on August 9, 2007
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Finally, it appears, Criterion is getting around to releasing some of the many great Spanish films of the past decades. High time they noticed there have been some astounding Spanish films and directors beyond Luis Buñuel, undoubtedly the great master. But Saura, Berlanga, Bardem, Borau, Erice, Bigas Luna, and quite a few more I could name, have directed some masterpieces that also deserve the special Criterion teatment. After the recent and excellent release of El Espíritu de la Colmena (Spirit of the Beehive), now comes Cría Cuervos, a fascinating parable, somewhere between fantasy and reality, that beyond the too obvious symbolism of a country finally liberating itself from a long dictatorship, it is an intelligent exploration of the scary world of troubled childhood. And Ana Torrent (the same girl of Spirit of the Beehive) speaks volumes just with those incredible dark eyes. My copy is in its way, but I don't doubt Criterion transfer and worthy extras will deserve a 5-star rating.

UPDATING: Having just received my copy, I can say I am very pleased with the excellent transfer of the movie. It looks great. But I am even more impressed by the extras on the second disc:. Mainly, a wonderfully insightful portrait of Carlos Saura (more than one hour long), produced by TVE (state-run Spanish tv) in 2004 -unfortunately in a non-anamorphic widescreen transfer-, which I found as interesting as the film itself. Also a 20-minute incredibly candid and perceptive interview in English with Geraldine Chaplin (done for Criterion in 2007 susprisingly not in widescreen). I had the pleasure of interviewing the actress some years back for a Spanish publication and I knew how good and revealing she was in conversation with the press, unlike most film actors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ted VINE VOICE on September 19, 2007
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This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.

Cría cuervos known in Ebglish as "Raise Crows" is about three sisters focusing on the middle one (Ana Torrent) and her childhood after the death of her parents. The film drifts through time and reality as she has visions of her dead mother (Geraldine Chaplin).

I found the film to be very well made and an excellent inclusion of the Spanish pop song "Porque te vas" by Jeanette. I had never heard of the song before watching this and really like the style of the song.

The film is said to be based on the end of an era in Spain. The film was made while Franco was dying and is based on what was to come afer he died.

The special features are as follows. Disc one contains the film with the theatrical trailer. Disc two contains "Portrait of Carlos Saura" a documentary on Saura's films. There are also interviews with Ana Torrent and Geraldine Chaplin.
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Ana (played by 9-year-old Ana Torrent) is one of three daughters in a wealthy Madrid family. The plot of "Cria Cuervos" is nonlinear and somewhat difficult to describe without giving away too much. However, what is revealed very early is that Ana's mother has died of cancer, for which Ana blames her philandering father. Ana tries to kill her father with what she thinks is poison, and he dies of an apparent heart attack. During the rest of the movie, Ana struggles to adjust to living with her aunt, and we see in flashback some of the arguments between her parents.

I was expecting "Cria Cuervoes" to be a thriller, but instead it's more of a psychological drama. Nevertheless, I found it fascinating. "Cria Cuervos" is exceptionally well acted and the direction by Carlos Saura is superb. I have never particularly liked Geraldine Chaplin, but she's very good here, even somewhat sexy at times. Notably, she was in a long-term relationship with Saura, and he obviously knew how to bring out her best acting. "Cria Cuervos" takes its time telling the story and isn't afraid to include scenes that add tone and atmosphere, such as Ana and her sisters dancing to "Porque te vas," which later became a global hit for Jeanette. Even though the plot is somewhat slow and never really takes off as I expected, I was fully rapt during the entire movie and was even sorry when it ended. I wanted to see more of this world.

The movie offers an astute examination of how a child might try to process confusing arguments between her parents. Ana clearly sides with her mother and against her military father. The movie has some political overtones and was made in the final months of the Franco regime against which director Saura was a vocal opponent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy on July 17, 2010
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Ana Torrent(the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit if the Beehive) portrays the disturbed 8 year old Ana,living in Madrid with her two sisters,mourning the death of her mother whom she conjures as a ghost.The children are in their summer vacations. Cria Cuervos is about the wounded feminine psyche that is Spain.The male patriarchy of Franco's Spain is represented by Ana's father,who was a General in Franco's army, and like Franco is about to die.Women in Catholic Spain have been repressed,subdued,stereo-typed.Ana's mother(Chaplin) has had to give up a career as a pianist to become a housewife in a loveless marriage,whose husband,a philanderer, refuses to understand her depression or talk to her.The film is about the ghosts of memory,the psychological interpenetration of the past,present and future,reality and fantasy,in Ana's head.Her aunty is responsible for the sisters' care.

Porque te vas,the juvenile pop song sung by Jeannette, which expresses Ana's rebellion,is in fact an ode to lost loves, abandoned hopes. For the singer,even the sun shining on a city window is a sign that her lover must soon leave. The present may thus prove as depressing as the past.For Ana,the past is not past,we see her interacting with her dead mother as if she is still alive.When the sisters play dress-up,it is to expertly recreate the bitter arguments of their dead parents.Her interactions with her mother(Geraldine Chaplin),is fantasised by the grieving child.What will become of Spain with Franco's death(indirectly alluded to in Porque te vas)?Spain has been ruled by a fascist military junta since 1939, for 36 years Spain has been under tight social control.Saura shows the intimacy that the living and dead cohabit especially when fragile psyches are frozen in time by trauma.
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