Spain/France – Drama, Romance – Year: 1983 – Running time: 95 mins
Recently restored and re-released by the BFI, this is, like Erice’s debut feature, Sprit of the Beehive, one of the greatest Spanish films ever made, albeit that a story intended to be 3 hours long ended up only half of that: but all the more intriguing and just as perfect! A young girl finds clues to her family’s poisoned past, which lies in the mysterious ‘South’, a landscape, as with so many of the key protagonists, which lies always off-screen.
Every inch of every frame in this lilting father-daughter drama by Victor Erice is calculated perfection.
David Jenkins (Little White Lies)
Director: Víctor Erice
The Quince Tree Sun (1992) / Spirit Of The Beehive (1973)
Omero Antonutti … Agustín Arenas
Sonsoles Aranguren … Estrella (aged 8)
Icíar Bollaín … Estrella (aged 15)
Lola Cardona … Lola
Rafaela Aparicio … Milagros
Aurore Clément … Irene Ríos / Laura
(for full cast, and more information, see “El Sur” in IMDB)