Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro (2006)

118min
15 Certificate
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In a superlative companion piece to 2001's The Devil's Backbone, director Guillermo del Toro uses his extraordinarily rich and detailed visual style to weave entrancing metaphorical fantasy horror through political allegory with stunning brilliance. In 1944, in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) seeks refuge in a mysterious maze to escape the harsh realities of her life. There, satyr Pan (Doug Jones) sets her three perilous tasks. These mirror her soul-destroying existence and help her to cope with the perversions of innocence that fascism represents in this dark fable for adults. Superbly acted (Sergi Lopez terrifies as the wicked stepfather who is one of Franco's torturers), vividly beautiful (the fairy-tale landscapes are exquisite), and uniquely imaginative (a magical and sinister buffet sequence is astonishing), del Toro's mesmerising phantasmagoria packs a real emotional punch. Coupled with Javier Navarrete's glorious score, this grim spin on Alice in Wonderland is del Toro's finest work to date.

Summary

In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, inquisitive youngster Ofelia is taken by her pregnant mother to live with the sadistic Capitan Vidal. In the surroundings of her new abode, the fairytale-obsessed girl ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth, where she encounters a mysterious faun. The creature sets Ofelia a series of disturbing tasks which she must complete to journey to an underground kingdom, where she will be restored to the throne as a princess. Guillermo del Toro's period fantasy, starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez and Ariadna Gil. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Captain Vidal Sergi Lopez
Mercedes Maribel Verdú
Ofelia Ivana Baquero
Doctor Alex Angulo
Pan Doug Jones
Carmen Ariadna Gil
Director Guillermo del Toro
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Releasing Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Nov 2006

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