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Cria Cuervos Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Carlos Saura wrote and directed this powerful psychological drama in which family crises which reflect the embattled soul of a nation are seen through the eyes of an unusually perceptive child. Ana (Ana Torrent) is an eight-year-old girl growing up in a troubled household -- her father Anselmo (Hector Alterio) is a general in the Spanish military during the waning days of Franco's repressive regime, and her mother (Geraldine Chaplin) is dead, Ana having witnessed her agonizing final moments. Anna, her older sister Irene (Conchita Perez) and younger sister Juana (Maite Sanchez) are looked after by their emotionally chilly Aunt Paulina (Monica Randall), while housekeeper Rosa (Florinda Chico) provides what little warmth there is to be found in the household. While Ana's mother is gone, the girl frequently sees and hears her mother's spirit, and is convinced Anselmo's emotional neglect and infidelity is responsible for her death, leading the youngster to take her own form of revenge against her father. The title Cria Cuervos is taken from a Spanish proverb -- "Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes." The film was originally released in the United States under title Cria!, and has been screened in English-speaking territories as Raise Ravens and The Secret of Ana. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Carlos Saura Film Presented 1976 Nominee

Cast

Josefina Diaz
Héctor Alterio
as Anselmo
Geraldine Chaplin
as Ana as an Adult/Her Mother Maria
Florinda Chico
as Rosa
German Cobos
as Nicolas Garontes
Mirta Miller
as Amelia Garontes
Maite Sanchez
as Juana
Ana Torrent
as Ana as a Child
Florinda Chico
as Rosa
Héctor Alterio
as Anselmo
Ana Torrent
as Ana as a Child
Maite Sanchez
as Juana
German Cobos
as Nicolas Garontes
Geraldine Chaplin
as Ana as an Adult/Her Mother Maria
Mirta Miller
as Amelia Garontes

Crew

Carlos Saura
Director
Carlos Saura
Producer
Carlos Saura
Screenwriter
Teo Escamilla
Cinematographer
Rafael Palmero
Set Designer
Bernardo Menz
Sound/Sound Designer
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