Cría Cuervos – Spain, 1976
Raise Ravens – from the Spanish “cría cuervos y te sacarán los ojos”, literally translated as “raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes”. The idiom refers to being ungrateful to someone who helped you and also allude to children who turn their back to their parents once grown up.
The movie is set in Madrid during the ’70s in the background of Franco’s last days of dictatorship and tells the story of a family through the eyes of the 8-year old girl Ana. The young Ana and her two sisters have to go through the loss of their parents and are raised by their aunt, grandmother and housekeeper, who are trying their best to acclimatise to their new condition of shared life.
On one hand the movie shows the girls’ lack of understanding of the concept of death and on the other hand it depicts the struggles to grow up in what seems to be an unusual family setting. As a result Ana will experience constant flashbacks and flash-fowards in which she sees herself as a grown up, mixing reality to fantasy and developing a relationships with what seems to be a ghost. Cría cuervos is considered a masterpiece in Spanish cinema and a must-see for all Spanish culture lovers.
If you’re interesting in Spanish culture and language come over to our Spanish table on the 28th April (check our Facebook page here for registration, limited places available)
Come watch the movie @The Friary on Tuesday, 9th April at 8:00pm
Free event. First in first served, limited places available!
Original Spanish version with English subtitles
Os esperamos! 🙂
Your ICC Team
Watch the trailer HERE