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Directed by Víctor Erice • 1983 • France, Spain
Victor Erice received widespread praise for his 1973 film Spirit of the Beehive, which told of post-civil war Spain through the eyes of children. But those who have seen El Sur (1983) -- which didn't get nearly as much exposure, owing to money problems and disagreements with the producer -- usually say that it is the greater movie. It tale of a girl in a northern Spanish village and her fantasies about a mystical and wonderful place in "the south" resounds with echoes of a nation finding its way in the wake of four decades of fascist rule.