The Holy Innocents

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Grounded in realism, THE HOLY INNOCENTS is a socially relevant tale of class struggle in Franco-era Spain. Landa is a devoted laborer who--with his wife (Pavez) and his mute, crippled daughter (Sanchez)--works the land and displays a special talent for tracking birds. Master Diego, a vile, upper-class sportsman, enlists Paco's help on a bird hunt but is...read more

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Grounded in realism, THE HOLY INNOCENTS is a socially relevant tale of class struggle in Franco-era Spain. Landa is a devoted laborer who--with his wife (Pavez) and his mute, crippled daughter (Sanchez)--works the land and displays a special talent for tracking birds. Master Diego, a vile,

upper-class sportsman, enlists Paco's help on a bird hunt but is less than compassionate when his guide breaks his foot, forcing Paco to continue. It is the relationship between the ruling class and the peasants revealed in this situation that is most indicative of the film's sentiments. The rich

degrade the peasants despite their dependence on the peasants' knowledge of nature and working of the land. According to director Camus, the title of the film refers not only to the peasant class but to all classes. Camus has said, "The poor people are happy people because they are vital human

beings and manifest themselves in more spontaneous ways. They have nothing more than that world, and it fills them." The 1984 Cannes Film Festival honored Landa and veteran actor Rabal, who plays Paco's eccentric older brother, with a shared Best Actor Award. (In Spanish; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Grounded in realism, THE HOLY INNOCENTS is a socially relevant tale of class struggle in Franco-era Spain. Landa is a devoted laborer who--with his wife (Pavez) and his mute, crippled daughter (Sanchez)--works the land and displays a special talent for tra… (more)

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