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Year
1983
Runtime
95 min.
Director
Víctor Erice
Genres
Drama, Romance
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
2,191
Checks
716
Favs
115
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
16.1% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
29:1
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  1. Louis Mazzini's avatar

    Louis Mazzini

    A true masterpiece. Even better than Spirit of the Beehive 7 years 2 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    A decade after The Spirit of the Beehive, Spanish director Víctor Erice made El Sur (The South), a film that has a lot in common with Beehive - a young girl whose imagination seems to translate events into the supernatural, an important father-daughter relationship, a crucial plot point being an old film played at the local cinema, the Spanish Civil War casting a shadow over the film - but it is less enigmatic. Or rather, the enigma dissipates over time. In this quiet story, a young girl is fascinated by her mysterious father, a water diviner, who left the South never to return, making myth of the place in her childish eyes. Everything he does is a mystery to her. As a child, she invents magical solutions to her question. As a teenager, her questions become frustrations. As an adult (from which vantage point she is telling the story), there may or may not be understanding. As with Beehive, the innocence is inversely proportional to that understanding, but the film is less elliptical, the enigma remaining with the girl, not with the audience. Obviously, it's beautifully shot as well, though I find it less inventive than its sister film. 2 weeks 3 days ago
  3. jamie_atp's avatar

    jamie_atp

    incredible 2 years 1 month ago
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