The Criterion Challenge 2021: Round 2
The morbidly cynical adopted middle child between Victor Erice's The Spirit Of The Beehive and El Sur.
Like its adopted siblings, Cría Cuervos... deals with a Spanish household from the perspective of a young girl whose fascinations are at the crux of the film, both narratively and symbolically; it and The Spirit Of The Beehive, in particular. Both films are lead by Ana Torrent, in which she plays a young girl also named Ana, and, more importantly, both films are politically aligned in their opposition towards the Francisco Franco regime.
Unlike its adopted siblings, Cría Cuervos... takes a much less conventional route in portraying childhood. Its depiction lies heavily in morose affliction, where the sensationalised and romanticised nostalgia of youth is replaced by haunting sadness and oppressive authority. I can certainly admire both depictions, as I often feel childhood possesses some of our most pivotal moments, moments that lay unspoken in import.