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Pan's Labyrinth

  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • 118 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Film-maker Guillermo del Toro uses his extraordinarily rich visual style to weave fantasy horror through political allegory with this dark fable. 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 and is set three perilous tasks by the satyr Pan (Doug Jones). Superbly acted (Sergi Lopez terrifies as the wicked fascistic stepfather), 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 one of del Toro's finest works.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain VidalSergi Lopez
MercedesMaribel Verdú
OfeliaIvana Baquero
DoctorAlex Angulo
PanDoug Jones
CarmenAriadna Gil

Crew

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DirectorGuillermo del Toro

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2006-11-24
Language
Spanish
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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