The Spirit of the Beehive
- Current Status
- In Season
- Teresa Gimpera, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Ana Torrent
- Victor Erice
- Victor Erice, Francisco J. Querejeta, Angel Fernandez Santos
- Drama, Foreign Language
In The Spirit of the Beehive, while papa (Fernando Fernán Gómez) tends to bees and mom writes to an old lover, daughters Isabel and Ana see a traveling movie of Frankenstein in their 1940 Spanish village. Isabel claims to have seen the monster alive, so Ana (a blazingly charismatic Ana Torrent) sets out to find it. Director Victor Erice’s exquisite, serene visuals mask an enigmatic plot that touches on childhood innocence, fascism and the power of film to ignite the imagination. EXTRAS include probing (and occasionally pretentious) docs and frank interviews: Even now, says Gómez, he hasn’t nailed the meaning of the film.