In his 40-odd years as a filmmaker, Spanish director Victor Erice has only made three feature-length movies. Judging by The Spirit Of The Beehive's fragile magic, that's because he's one of cinema's true craftsmen, a perfectionist who whittles away every rough edge before committing his stunning images to celluloid.
Set in Spain in 1940, just after the rise of Franco, this haunting, beautifully shot film follows Ana (Ana Torrent) as she discovers a wounded soldier from the recent civil war hiding in a barn. What follows plays like Whistle Down The Wind Spanish style, as Ana mistakes this fallen man not for Jesus but the monster from James Whale's Frankenstein.
A tragic tale of childhood innocence that's as sweet as honey, but still packs a vivid emotional sting.