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The Spirit of the Beehive (El espiritu de la colmena)

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In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.


  • Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • Teresa Gimpera
  • Ana Torrent
  • Isabel Tellería
  • Ketty de la Cámara
  • Estanis González
  • José Villasante
  • Juan Margallo
  • Laly Soldevila
  • Miguel Picazo

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The extraordinary child actress Ana Torrent (Cria) made her debut here at the age of five. Much in the film is derivative, but Erice excels in precise evocations of childhood feelings.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The Spirit of the Beehive, like Cinema Paradiso, also takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
The New York Times

Beehive is a graceful and potent lyric on children's vulnerable hunger, but it's also a sublime study on cinema's poetic capacity to reflect and hypercharge reality.

Metacritic review by Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice