Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Film: Spirit of the Beehive (130/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

This is such a beautiful film. I first saw it as a young teen, and remembered only little Ana Torrent's face, so innocent with her big trusting eyes. I've revisited it a few times in the years since, and it never fails to move me with its simple plot, honest performances, and the way the film manages to capture the magic, the loneliness, and the revelations of childhood. We see this world through Ana's eyes. Her fascination with Frankenstein's monster echoes the interest many children have in the mysterious and macabre. For little Ana, this monster is her connection to the spiritual world, to a world unknown to her and yet a world where she belongs. A world where she can summon magic, if only she calls it. Childhood is so fleeting, and it's always a treasure to find a film that portrays it so authentically. 

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