Flick Review < The Spirit of the Beehive | Víctor Erice, 1973

The Spirit of the Beehive is a 1973 Spanish drama film directed by Víctor Erice
The film focuses on the young girl Ana and her fascination with the 1931 American horror film Frankenstein, 
as well as exploring her family life and schooling. The film has been called a “bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life”.

“I told you he was a spirit. If you’re his friend, you can talk to him whenever you want. 
Just close your eyes and call him… It’s me, Ana… It’s me Ana…”

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At bedtime Ana asks Isabel again what Isabel promised she was going to tell her at the movie.

“Why did he kill the girl, and why did they kill him after that?”
“You don’t know. You’re a liar”
“They didn’t kill him, and he didn’t kill the girl.”
“How do you know? How do you know he didn’t die?”
“Everything in the movies is fake. It’s all a trick. Besides, I’ve seen him alive.”
“In a place I know near the village. People can’t see him. He only comes out at night.”
“Is he a ghost?”
“No. He’s a spirit.”
“Like the spirit of Dona Lucia talks about?”
“Yes, but spirits don’t have bodies. That’s why you can’t kill him.”
“But he had one in the movie. He had arms and feet. He had everything.”
“It’s a disguise they put on when they go outside.”
“If he only comes out at night, how can you talk to him?”
“I told you he was a spirit. If you’re his friend you can talk to him whenever you want. Just close your eyes and call him. ‘It’s me, Ana.'”
 The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive (Bonfire Scene)

Ana Torrent posing for the poster of the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2003 
to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of The Spirit of the Beehive.

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