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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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In 1944 A young girl who, with her pregnant mother, is visiting the garrison commanded by her stepfather in the Spanish mountains, wanders off and discovers a labyrinth, where she is confronted by a fawn who tells her she is a lost princess of the underworld, and to gain her rightful place she must carry out three tasks. Thereafter while she explores the supernatural, her stepfather is carrying out horrifying reprisals against a rebel group, which involves some of his own staff.


Unsettling scenes in the labyrinth and in the other supernatural underworld areas where the young girl seems to be constantly in danger, and equally tense events in the real world as the sadistic captain takes action against those he regards as the enemy, and his wife, the girl’s mother gradualy succumbs to illness as her pregnancy approaches term. In the end we see the two worlds collide in violent events. Other than that no nudity except that of a fairy, a bit of drinking and smoking. Not a fairy tale for children though.

A View This movie ticked many boxes for the critics; it was firmly anti-fascist, was in Spanish with subtitles and was a crisp and well told tale. All this very much in the director’s style. Whether it is quite as wonderful as it is painted I’m not sure, but anyway it won many awards and is No 129 in the IMDb best movie list. Do my descriptions attract? If so probably a watch.
Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Guillermo del Toro
Writers/Script Guillermo del Toro
Starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Mirabel Verdú, Doug Jones
Additional Info This film was the final entry in the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, shown at about 2am on the last day. But it still won!

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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