Pan's Labyrinth

  • 15
  • Guillermo del Toro (2006)
  • Sp / Mex / US (SUB)
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning fantasy horror directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ivana Baquero. In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, young Ofelia and her pregnant mother move to a remote village to join her new stepfather, a fascist soldier. There she encounters a faun who tells her she must complete three perilous tasks to claim her rightful place as a princess.

Cast and crew


Captain Vidal
Sergi Lopez
Maribel VerdĂș
Ivana Baquero
Alex Angulo
Doug Jones
Ariadna Gil


Guillermo del Toro

Other Information

Spanish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Nov 2006
Certificate 15