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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.

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Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi Lpez) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside. As Ofelia's bed-ridden mother lies immobilized in anticipation of her forthcoming child and her high-ranking stepfather remains determined to fulfill the orders of General Francisco Franco to crush a nearby guerilla uprising, the young girl soon ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan (Doug Jones). Convinced by Pan that she is the lost princess of legend and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a trio of life-threatening tasks, Ofelia sets out to reclaim her kingdom and return to her grieving father as Vidal's housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verd) and doctor (Alex Angulo) plot secretly on the surface to keep the revolution alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Maribel Verdu
as Mercedes
Doug Jones
as Pan/Pale Man
César Vea
as Serrano
Lina Mira
as Mayor's Wife
Mario Zorilla
as First-Aid Boss
Mario Zorrilla
as First-Aid Boss
Sebastián Haro
as Civil Guard Captain
Mila Espiga
as Doctor's Wife
Pepa Pedroche
as Conchita
Milo Taboada
as Young Man
José Luis Torrijo
as Sergeant Bayona
Jose Luis Torrijos
as Sergeant Bayona
Inigo Garces
as Young Guerrilla No. 1
Fernando Tielve
as Young Guerrilla No. 2
Elizabeth Irastorza
as Fairy/Ballerina
Shirley Cheechoo
as Stick Insect
Chong Che Leung
as Stick Insect
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Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Associated Press
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This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro's own capacious imagination.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
TIME Magazine
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Ofelia's smock is swiped from Alice, her faun from Narnia, and her magic book from Harry Potter, Del Toro sets her fairytale apart with its unrelenting gore and misery.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
I.E. Weekly
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Pan's Labyrinth suggests that fairy-tale violence helps the vulnerable process and overcome real-life conflicts and that real-life violence permanently smashes the soul and the heart.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
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So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Washington Post
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A violent fantasy set during the Spanish Civil War, this magical film from Guillermo del Toro manages that intellectual high-mindedness, even as it resonates on a primal, mythic level.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Pan's Labyrinth

Del Toro creates a wonderful fairy tale for grown-ups in which the innocence of fantasy collides with the horrors of war - and the result is a most devastating and immensely poignant work of lyrical beauty, from its astonishing visuals to the marvelous score.

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A little girl and her pregnant mother are relocated to an army camp to be with the unborn baby's father, an officious and sadistic captain in Franco's fascist military. Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic fantasy that sees a young girl escape into a world of fauns, fairys and political allegory to escape her cold, cruel, clockwatching, jack-booted step-father who is a kindred spirit of Schindler's List's Goethe. Once again Del Toro blends beautiful imagery with an affecting war story and the result is an enchanting experience that mirrors the fight between good and evil in both the real world and a young child's imagination in a way that reminded me a lot of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. Young Ivana Baquero puts in a performance that belies her tender years and the stunning visuals create a fantasy world that is beautiful yet conveys a suitably dark and disturbing undercurrent in Guillermo Del Toro's inimitable style. The two stories didn't quite gel together for me, feeling more like two separate stories told in parallel and so I must admit I prefer The Devil's backbone, but fans of Tim Burton and Jeunet will adore it.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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