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1973 Spanish drama film directed by Víctor Erice, originally titled ''El espíritu de la colmena''.

Set in a remote village just after the end of the Spanish Civil War, the film follows six-year-old Ana, who, mesmerised by a travelling cinema screening of the 1931 film ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', begins a search for the gentle monster.

It is on the RogerEbertGreatMoviesList, so it must be good.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ChekhovsGun: When running away from home, Ana comes across a poisonous mushroom, similar to the one her father warned her about in an earlier scene.
* ColorMotif: A lot of yellow, which alludes to the implicit comparison between the beehive, and Spain itself (yellow being the predominant color of the Spanish flag).
* ComfortingComforter: In the second-to-last scene, Ana's father is shown asleep at his desk and her mother takes off his glasses and covers him with a jacket.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Dark-haired, dark-eyed Ana.
* DrivenToSuicide: Some theorize that Ana, upon realizing that her only friend was dead and erroneously believing her father being involved in it, decided to eat the lethal mushroom, which may then have caused an accidental drug trip involving Frankenstein's monster.
* FakingTheDead: Isabel plays a prank on her sister by pretending to be dead.
* TheFrancoRegime: Set at the very start of this era, but as the village is so remote, the characters are as yet little affected by the new regime.
* FreeRangeChildren
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One theory is that the "powerful experience" the doctor talks about is Ana been on a magic mushroom trip. In an early scene, the father warns the girls about 'bad' mushrooms and says they will kill them but it may just be him not wanting his daughters to get in touch with hallucinogen substances. Ana may then have eaten this 'bad' mushroom though we don't see it on-screen because of {{Media Watchdog}}s, especially under the Franco regime which ruled in Spain at the time the film was made.
* ImaginaryFriend: After watching ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' and inspired by the ghost story of her sister, Ana becomes obsessed with the idea of befriending the imaginary monster.
* NoEnding: The movie has no conclusion, it ends with Ana talking to her ImaginaryFriend.
* ProtectedByAChild: The Republican fugitive is briefly sheltered by Ana.
* ShoutOut: Ana meeting the monster at the lake parallels the scene from ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}''.
* SkipOfInnocence: Both Ana and Isabel.
* TrivialTitle: The titular bees are only featured in one scene.
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