Directed by Víctor Erice
Produced by Elías Querejeta
Written by Víctor Erice, Ángel Fernández Santos and Francisco J. Querejeta
Starring Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent and Isabel Tellería
Plot Summary: After attending a special screening of Frankenstein (1931) with her sister, young Ana (Torrent), a Spanish country girl, enters her own fantasy world.
Significance: Hailed as one of Spain's greatest films, this fable has been lauded by critics and film journalists across the globe. It's essential world cinema, and has been featured in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll, with 20 critics' votes and 6 directorial ones. In addition, the film has influenced filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, who referenced it in Pan's Labyrinth (2006).
Thoughts: As the film unfolds, it allows the viewer to gradually fall into this fantasy with Ana and experience her journey with equal awe and confusion. The vivid imagery creates a chilling, atmospheric world aided by the beautiful landscape of rural Spain. Torrent, who was only six at time of filming, delivers a brilliant performance, perfectly capturing Ana's [the character's] innocence. If you're interested in a dark childhood fantasy, this classic Spanish film is worth seeing.
This is the third film in my 2013 Blind Spot Series, as first started by Ryan McNeil.