Cría cuervos (English: Raise Ravens) is a 1976 Spanish film directed by Carlos Saura. The film is an allegorical drama about an eight year old girl dealing with loss.
The film prominently features the pop song "Porque te vas" by Jeanette, an English-born singer, singing in Spanish, whose accented voice reminds Ana of her mother, as played by Geraldine Chaplin, who speaks Spanish with her English accented voice. Despite an infectious rhythm the song has sad and poignant lyrics. The song expresses the fact that Ana has no understanding of death, only of absence.
Cría Cuervos (1975) Trailer (YouTube)
Ana Torrent plays the lead character, Ana. She was already well known thanks to her starring role in the film El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) (1973) by Víctor Erice, made when she was seven years old. She followed Cría cuervos by yet another memorable role in The Nest (1980) in which she played a thirteen year old in a relationship with an aging widower played by Héctor Alterio who here has the role of Anselmo, Ana's father.
Geraldine Chaplin plays dual roles: Ana's mother in which she speaks Spanish with an English accent and Ana as a young woman in which she is dubbed by actress Julieta Serrano. Chaplin was director Saura's common-law wife and muse at that time. She appeared in ten of his films.
- Ana Torrent - Ana, 8 years old
- Conchi Pérez - Irene, 11 years old
- Maite Sánchez - Mayte, 5 years old
- Geraldine Chaplin- Ana's mother and older Ana
- Mónica Randall - Aunt Paulina
- Florinda Chico - Rosa, a maid
- Josefina Díaz - Ana's grandmother
- Germán Cobos - Nicholas, Amelia's husband
- Héctor Alterio - Anselmo, Ana's father
- Mirta Miller - Amelia, Anselmo's mistress