El Laberinto del Fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth]

El Laberinto del Fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth]

Year: 2006
Genre: Fantasy/ Drama/ Horror
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

This is the story of a young girl, Ophelia, and her pregnant mother who travel to live in a rural area of Spain with the mother’s new Nazi husband. Ophelia’s new Father doesn’t seem to care much for her or her mother, only the child growing inside the mother. Ophelia uses fairy stories to escape the horrible world she lives in, and descends, with the help of an imaginary faun, into a much darker one.

This film is reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm style of fairy story, rather than what we are use to today, and actually quite scary in some places. I wouldn’t recommend taking children to see it. Aside from that, it was a very beautiful film, well acted by Ivana Baquero [Ophelia], and quite sad towards the end.

I didn’t enjoy this film because it was so sad, but I would watch it again, because it’s very well done.

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