Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

****
Mexico/Spain/USA

With her father dead and her pregnant mother married to a sadistic captain, young Ofelia is forced to grow up surrounded by the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. It is her singular fortune however to be the reincarnation of an immortal princess of a subterranean land and to be able to congregate with some beguiling creatures from Guillermo del Toro's warped-Gothic imagination. Through various deaths, killings, mutilations and armed conflicts, every hope for a decent childhood for Ofelia is obliterated. And it becomes increasingly wrenching to watch her slip into fantasy as a means of dealing with unimaginable pain.

wr/dir: Guillermo del Toro
ph: Guillermo Navarro
cast: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Álex Angulo, Manolo Solo, César Vea, Roger Casamajor

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