in about 100 words or less
Mexico, Spain 112m, Colour
Director: Guillermo del Toro; Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo
As with most classic fairy tales, Pan’s Labyrinth is imaginative, disturbing, violent and filled with unforgettable images. Del Toro is a master of imagery with attention to visual detail not seen since silent film. The basic plot of the fantasy is relatively simple. A young girl named Ofelia, played brilliantly by Ivana Baquero, is given the three tasks in a mythical and most dangerous world to prove that she is the reincarnation of the land’s Princess Moanna. What makes this film truly extraordinary is the juxtaposition of this mythical world with her other life in an equally threatening environment of post war Spain under Franco. Pan’s labyrinth is a brilliantly conceived and engaging movie that is full of style, substance and emotion which entertains on many levels (Klaus Ming January 2010).