Saura continued his colaboration with Chaplin for almost 10 years, through different movies with a common subject: the portrait of a decaying middle and high class.
Ana y los lobos is a good step in that diection. Depicting the inners of a wealthy yet weird family living in a rural area and placing Chaplin into that strange equation, Saura does a perfect portrait of the 3 Franco regime’s heads. The militar, the men and the church become the 3 wolves Ana has to face in that excentric family where an awesome Rafaela Aparicio plays the role of the mother.
Colorwise the movie will remind the viewer of Peppermint Frappé but the plot here is a lot more acid, weird and strange thanks to the story writer, Rafael Azcona in this case. Azcona is the man behind Placido’s and most of Marco Ferreri’s movies done during that era and you can only salute him when the final scene of Ana y los lobos takes place.
Ana y los lobos is a perfect portrait of a world full of conventions, symbolisms and weird characters. The world Spain used to be 40 years ago.