Cria Cuervos (1976)


Carlos Saura directs Ana Torrent, Geraldine Chaplin and Mónica Randall in this arthouse drama about an orphaned child who doesn’t understand death but might be a murderer.

A summer of mourning as three orphaned sisters play and forget their dead parents; one a fragile mother, the other a cheating high ranking figure in the facist regime. This was made during the last days of Franco. Time shifts between memory, fantasy, haunting and predictions fluidly, often without cuts. The camera moves from the present to another moment in a panning motion. This enjoyable character study is powered by an enigmatic and dark turn by young Torrent and the repeated use of a defiant belter of a pop song; Porque Te Vas by Jeanette.





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