Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)


Movie Review

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, and Álex Angulo

Set in Spain in 1944, Pan’s Labyrinth is the story of Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a young girl whose mother is pregnant and recently married to the viciously brutal Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez).  Captain Vidal is a powerful military leader on a quest to root out and destroy anti-fascist rebels.  Ofelia is thrust into Vidal’s harsh world as her mother lies sick and bed-ridden as a result of a difficult pregnancy. Ofelia, however is a brave and inquisitive child.  At one point, she sees a large insect that she believes to be a fairy.  She follows the fairy to an ancient labyrinth in the forest near her stepfather’s home and discovers a whole new world.  What unfolds is an amazing tale that blends fantasy and magic with the vicious brutality of life in post-civil war Spain.

Pan's Labyrinth is a triumph for director Guillermo del Toro and a must see for movie aficionados. 



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