Have you ever seen a movie that just left you in awe; visually, emotionally, intellectually and even in an auditory way? I have a short list of films that inspired this reaction in me...Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, Kieślowski's Red and The Double Life of Veronique, and F. W. Murnau's Faust are a few that easily come to mind. After first seeing each of these films, I instantly felt the urge to watch them again, to immerse myself in them, to read reviews and critical analysis in order to understand them (and my own reactions) in deeper ways. And every time I view each of these pictures, I feel like I've understood and appreciated more of the subtle nuances that make each of them so moving.
Yesterday afternoon I watched The Spirit of the Beehive for the second time. Its such an ambiguous, lovely film that deals with the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War by following one family, particularly the two very young daughters, in a small village. There aren't any grand political statements or images of dramatic violence. The film is more about isolation and subterranean emotional dismay in everyday life and the crossroads between innocence and the knowledge born of pain and difficult experience. Its hard to describe exactly what the movie is about in words...so I'll leave you with some images, while looking forward to the next time that I get to see it.