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

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 26, 2006
Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 26, 2006
Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Much in the film is derivative, but Erice excels in precise evocations of childhood feelings -- there is one dumbfounding moment of lyrical, joyful horror.