Raise Ravens (Cria Cuervos)
Raise Ravens (Cria Cuervos) (1976)

A haunting study of a girl's traumatic childhood.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The allusions are as gentle as they are smart.

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Philip French

The title refers to the old saying: "Raise ravens and they'll peck your eyes out."

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Peter Bradshaw

The film is a masterpiece of form and technique, and Chaplin and Torrent are both outstanding.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

Her [Torrent] expression in Cría cuervos is blank and beautiful, her gaze unfaltering. It's no exaggeration to say that there would be no movie without her: so much of the characterisation is embedded in her stillness.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It's unsettling, moving and funny in turn, and a clear criticism of a regime that stifled the Spanish for decades.

Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It unfolds like a kind of morbid reverie, reverberating with strange frissons about what one generation passes to the next, and how even rebellion is a kind of heirloom.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Blurring fact and fantasy in a haunting evocation of the repression that marked the Franco era.

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Virginie Sélavy
Electric Sheep

The film fluidly moves between reality and fantasy, past and present, never delineating them clearly, suggesting they all have the same texture in Ana's mind and are part of the same continuum.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

As the child who believes she has power over death after witnessing the demise of her father, Ana Torrent superbly conveys that mix of terror and innocence that is unique to childhood.

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Carlos Magalhães
A devastating drama of profound political symbolism in which even the most deceptively trivial scenes have a meaning, and it is wonderful to see how it is shown… More
Stella Dallas
a dark film about childhood starring the wonderful ana torrent as a willful and imaginative girl haunted by the deaths of her parents. en espanol
Matheus Carvalho
"Cría cuervos y te sacarán los ojos." This stunningly directed Spanish classic is a perverse, dark and funny portrayal of childhood.
Eric Broome
Like the earlier "The Spirit of the Beehive" (also starring Ana Torrent), "Cria Cuervos" is a story told from a child's perspective.… More
Elvira B
Astonishing, powerful, quiet classic. As far as I've seen, it might represent the pinnacle of 70s Spanish cinema. <br/> <br/>An adult Ana… More
Quinto Wallight
I know this film achieves so many more wonderful things, but right now I just can't stop thinking about Ana Torrent, without a doubt the best child actress… More