Pan’s Labyrinth


Spain, 1944. The end of the Civil War.

Recently remarried Carmen moves with her daughter Ofélia into the house of her new husband,coldly authoritarian Vidal, a captain in Franco’s army. Finding her new life hard to bear, the young girl seeks refuge in a mysterious labyrinth she discovers next to the sprawling family house. Pan, the guardian, a magical creature, reveals that she is none other than the long-lost princess of a magical kingdom. To discover the truth, Ofélia will have to accomplish three dangerous tasks, tasks which nothing has prepared her to face…

Written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro”

:: This is the style of films that is lacking from the US’s box office nowadays. The visual and thematic depth magnetised me, which is something that hasn’t happened to me in a while.

“…we need more stories such as this to be told, with similar elements (the fantastic, the metaphorical, etc.). Most films that some out of America, besides documentaries, are car chases, shootouts, and little story. But film’s like this, Amelie, and others still represent an art where a good story can be told using excellent usage of lighting, costume, and everything else. Movies like this are still a gleam of hope in my eye for a sunken industry – American at least.”, as a good friend of mine told me after seeing the film.

This film stood out to me, definitely unique.

Go see it.

One Response to “Pan’s Labyrinth”

  1. peter & i wanna see this bad! so sad it takes St. Louis awhile to get these films.

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