In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their military father Anselmo. Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by death, after seeing her mother having a painful death and her father dead in bed.
The title in Spanish stems from the phrase "Raise ravens (cuervos) and they'll pluck out your eyes". The equivalent phrase in English would be "you reap what you sow".
A gripping, moving, profoundly mysterious movie which is both an uncanny drama of family dysfunction and a historical parable of the end of Franco-ism.
It's about Spain under Franco's dictatorship. Every character is a metaphor of Spain: the beautiful mother killed, cheated on by her military husband, the collaborating auntie who tries to educate the children, the old mute grand mother, who only wants to remember the old days (the republic), etc... The young rebel Ana is a true symbol of the Spanish youth who can't stand anymore the military oppression, and who wanna be free to see the outside world.