The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) (2006)

The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) (2006)

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Eight-year-old Ana lives in a close-knit Castillian village with her daydreamer mother Teresa, older sister Isabel and father Fernando, who tends beehives for a living. After watching James Whale's 1931 version of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, little Ana becomes convinced that the monster in living in one of the nearby, rundown houses. When an escaped convict seeks refuge in one house, Ana believes she has finally met the monster of her nightmares.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Janus Films

Cast

Miguel Picazo
as The Doctor
Jose Villasante
as The Monster
Juan Margallo
as The Fugitive
Lally Soldavilla
as Milagros
Jose Villasante
as The Monster
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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

It's a film that transports us back not just to the sights and sounds of childhood but to a core of sweet innocence and sometimes ignorant bliss.

July 6, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is a modest marvel of grace and framing that unfolds with the patience of a cloud and is driven more by wonder than pure emotion.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Those who haven't seen it since the '70s may find themselves amazed all over again by its lyrical potency and grace; those who have never seen it may wonder how it can be that a film this great isn't shown somewhere all the time.

March 31, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Screening in a new print so pristine you forget that this film is 33 years old, Spirit of the Beehive sweeps you into its quiet world.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.

January 26, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.

January 26, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena)

½

A brilliant and spellbinding sociopolitical commentary told in a most symbolic way (and with a gorgeous cinematography) as a fabulous tale of loss of innocence centered on a sweet 7-year-old girl who discovers evil at the heart of her beehive-like world in Francoist Spain.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

After seeing a touring print of FRANKENSTEIN in 1940s Spain, a young girl is convinced the monster is real and lives in an abandoned farmhouse on the edge of town. This movie is too slow for its own good---it takes an hour for the first major plot development, and for the young actress to discover a second expression---but the seriousness and artistry can't be overlooked.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

A young person learning about death is universal, but here in Spirit of the Beehive it's filtered into a very specific situation: a girl coming to grips with mortality in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War, through a viewing of James Whale's Frankenstein. Perhaps not the most relatable set of circumstances, Victor Erice renders it accessible for all audiences by his austere visual style and cute-as-a-button Ana Torrent. A bit ponderous and maybe sort of de-oxygenated (why so many pauses?), but potent at the end of it all.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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