The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena)
The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) (2006)

Eight-year-old Ana lives in a close-knit Castillian village with her daydreamer mother Teresa, older sister Isabel and father Fernando, who tends beehives for a living. After watching James Whale's 1931 version of Frankenstein with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Lyrical and magestic, Erice's film is one of the most compelling fables about haunted childhood.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A most exceptional vision of the inner life of a child just learning about the darker complexities of life.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Considered by many as one of the key Spanish films of the Seventies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
If only they had better monster makeup. I jest - wonderful film.
Jan Marc Macababayao
Symbolically critical of post-civil war Spain, The Spirit Of The Beehive is a Victor Erice work that features young Ana and her curiosity. Gorgeous… More
Greg S
After seeing a touring print of FRANKENSTEIN in 1940s Spain, a young girl is convinced the monster is real and lives in an abandoned farmhouse on the edge of… More
Michael S
Slow and somber film with gorgeous cinematography and one of the most captivating performances by a child I've ever seen (Ana Torrent). "The Spirit of… More
Drew Smith
A young person learning about death is universal, but here in Spirit of the Beehive it's filtered into a very specific situation: a girl coming to grips… More
Ken Stachnik
Beautifully shot and acted, this dreamy lyrical story unfolds almost poetically. That said, the film did little for me personally. Perhaps it was my mood when… More