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A.k.a.
The Spirit of the Beehive
Year
1973
Runtime
98 min.
Director
Víctor Erice
Genres
Drama, Fantasy
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
13,363
Checks
3,910
Favs
551
Dislikes
42
Favs/checks
14.1% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. Agrimorfee's avatar

    Agrimorfee

    A movie you can't look away from, but damn, I just didn't get it. 5 years 10 months ago
  2. RICH020669's avatar

    RICH020669

    Beautiful. 8 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Spanish director Víctor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive has to be part of the inspiration for Pan's Labyrinth. It just has to be. Set during the Spanish Civil War, it stars a couple of young girls who, after seeing Universal's Frankenstein, reimagine him as an immortal spirit and come to believe he resides in an abandoned barn. For the older girl, the world of spirits seems an excuse to give in to dark impulses. For the younger - whose eyes will SWALLOW YOUR SOUL, gosh - it is a mystery she herself creates in trying to understand death. Certainly, there's a lot of tension in the film just from the girls putting themselves in odd kind of dangers, both physical and spiritual. The film operates like poetry, with images overlapping and resonating, but does not easily give up its secrets. It's gorgeous, quiet, intriguing, at times eerie, purposefully lyrical, and for all its art and spare image making, still captivates. Del Toro fans would do well to check it out, but it's a recommendation I extend to all true cinephiles. 9 months 1 week ago
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