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

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May 9, 2018
Spirit of the Beehive is the sort of slumbrously sensitive item that tends to give art films a poisonous reputation... seems to believe in the infinite evocative power of long, ponderous, static takes.
December 27, 2017
... is not a form of evasion, but a form of knowledge, an abrupt and precocious learning about the mysteries of life. [Full review in Spanish]
August 24, 2017
There is another world that underlies this one: a world of darkness, silence, open space and enormous forces moving in the distance.
January 18, 2013
Lyrical and magestic, Erice's film is one of the most compelling fables about haunted childhood.
March 26, 2009
Sensitive, beautifully-wrought.
October 6, 2008
A most exceptional vision of the inner life of a child just learning about the darker complexities of life.
May 7, 2007
Considered by many as one of the key Spanish films of the Seventies.
September 17, 2006
...a graceful, lyrical masterpiece wound around one of the most natural and engrossing performances by a child actor we've ever seen.
August 30, 2006
A haunting, atmospheric film that focuses on a young girl's obsession with the Frankenstein monster.
July 23, 2006
filmmaking art of the highest caliber.
July 6, 2006
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.
June 8, 2006
Erice meant his film as a sly social commentary, but his opinions are so well enveloped in the film's dreamy coming-of-age tapestry that moviegoers worldwide (especially younger ones) have embraced it.
May 26, 2006
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.
March 31, 2006
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 24, 2006
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.
March 24, 2006
Ana's fearful, credulous eyes are as wide as the flat Castilian horizon, striated by clouds and railroad tracks, which reach beyond the known world.
January 26, 2006
Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
January 26, 2006
Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.
January 25, 2006
... the finest and most beautifully wrought first film of the European '70s, a mysterious crucible as elusive, concrete, and visually primal as anything by Herzog, Straub, Olmi, or Denis.
January 23, 2006
Every magic hour, light-drenched image in Victor Erice's Spirit of the Beehive is filled with mysterious dread.
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