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Pan’s Labyrinth-Movie Review *** 04/11/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Fantasy, Movies, Spanish language film.

Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish) 2006

Nominated Best Foreign Film Academy Awards and Golden Globes (among numerous other nominations and wins)

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Starring Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López and Doug Jones

Set in the countryside of Spain following the civil war, Ofelia (Baquero) and her mother Carmen (Gil) move in with her sadistic new stepfather, Captain Vidal (Lopez), a captain in the military. As the young girl copes with the harsh realities of her new life, she spends part of her time in a fantasy world of possibility and danger. A fairy tale but not for children.

This one slipped by my radar until a friend recently recommended it to me (thanks, George!). Now it is on my short list of all-time favorites and one that I plan to watch at least twice a year. Visually beautiful; the soundtrack by Javier Navarrete is also outstanding and might have you humming a lullaby for days afterward.

I’d recommend the version with a very entertaining and informative commentary by the director and other features.

119 min. Rated R.



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