Title: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Synopsis: Young Ofelia, travels to a new home with her mother. Her mother who was recently remarried to Captain Vidal is with child. Ofelia loves her fairy stories and often loses herself in them unaware that she is living her own fairy-tale.
Pan’s Labyrinth is my top favorite foreign film. I loved how the language was not in modern Spanish but in an old tongue. This fairy-tale is not intended for children, as it switches back and forth from real life and fantasy. The villain was not only the creepy pale man in the fantasy world, but a very real villain in her everyday life. Her new father Vidal is truly terrifying, showing no remorse for torturing or murdering those in his household or those in the rebellion. Ofelia is not your typical little girl. She is adventurous and not afraid to get her hands dirty. She will also do anything for her family, her mother and unborn brother. The script was beautifully written; paralleling her fantasy world and real world seamlessly. I absolutely love Guillermo del Toro’s films and this fits into his usual genres of dark fantasy. Some of his other films include the Hell Boy Films, The Hobbit films, and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark; the last caused me to sleep with the light on for weeks. If you enjoy fantasy, laced with a little thrill, and a lot of action you are sure to love his films. I would suggest watching the movie twice though, first for the dialogue and subtitles then go through and take in all the details.