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Pan's Labyrinth
     

Pan's Labyrinth

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Director: Guillermo del Toro,

Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López

 

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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

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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 López) 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 Verdú) and doctor (Alex Angulo) plot secretly on the surface to keep the revolution alive.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
While the darkness of Grimm's Fairy Tales has been gradually sanitized by both the passage of time and the growing desire to shelter youngsters from the cruelty of the outside world, Guillermo del Toro has cut away the safety net woven by the overprotective powers that be to craft an intoxicating and original fable with the power to simultaneously enchant and repulse. After seemingly perfecting the melding of historical fact and imaginative fantasy with The Devil's Backbone, a horrified del Toro realized that whatever he thought he knew about war and death had been immediately rendered void when, just two days after the film made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, the world was forever changed along with the New York skyline. In the aftermath, the filmmaker would escape grim reality by crafting an entertaining pair of CG-heavy Hollywood actioners that, despite outward appearances, still weren't entirely devoid of the political commentary expressed in his most serious-minded work. Now, after proving that he is capable of producing a slick hit despite a frustrating false start in blockbuster-land, del Toro has returned with a companion piece to The Devil's Backbone (a "sister" film in the director's own terms) which delves headlong into the subjects of fascism, brutality, and innocence with an insight he simply didn't have before the modern world plunged into darkness. Just as a film such as The Devil's Backbone couldn't have existed with the Spanish Civil War, a film such as Pan's Labyrinth couldn't exist without the apocalyptically titled War on Terror. It would be impossible to tell a tale as brutal as Pan's Labyrinth without the balance of great beauty, and in the lens of cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, del Toro has found a collaborator capable of carrying his ambitious vision. The composition, color, and stylistic texture of Pan's Labyrinth suggest a fevered child's hallucinatory interpretation of an amalgamation of fairy tales. Of course, in order to achieve such a dramatic effect, the frame demands to be filled not only with phantasmagorical imagery but an exceptional selection of talent as well, and in Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, and Doug Jones, del Toro has found the ideal cast. The initial innocence and subsequent shattering of a young girl who gradually comes to comprehend the inhumanity that surrounds her is heart-wrenchingly realized by Baquero, while Lopez inspires fierce loathing from his initial appearance and Verdú beautifully embodies the spirit of furtive, gentle righteousness right up until the moment she unleashes the fury that has been silently building inside. In his duel roles as the playfully menacing titular faun and the downright terrifying Pale Man, formally trained mime and noted contortionist Doug Jones continues the collaboration with del Toro that began with Mimic to striking effect. If there is truly a modern heir to the Karloff throne, it is almost certainly Jones, whose chameleon-like ability to disappear into a character allows him to instill them the kind of depth and personality that would be near impossible to achieve with even the most advanced computer-generated creation. From del Toro's perfectly balanced screenplay to his assured skills as a visual storyteller, the fearless performances of an immensely talented cast, the sleepy lullaby that forms the foundation of Javier Navarrete's score, and special effects that have the power to dazzle and horrify, all the elements in Pan's Labyrinth fall beautifully into place to form an genuinely affecting adult fairy tale.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2016
UPC:
0715515186810
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
10,398

Special Features

Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by Director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Alternate 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Audio Commentary by del Toro from 2007; New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan's Labrynth; New interview with actor Doug Jones; Four 2007 making-of documentaries examining the characters, special effects, themes, and music of the film; Interactive Director's notebook; Footage of actor Ivana Baquero's audition for the film; Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film's menagerie of creatures; Programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro's thumbnail sketches with the final film; Visual Effects work for the Green Fairy; and elements of the film's score; Trailers and TV Spots; English subtitle translation approved by del Toro; Plus: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ariadna Gil Carmen
Ivana Baquero Ofelia
Sergi López Vidal
Maribel Verdú Mercedes
Doug Jones Pan / Pale Man
Alex Angulo Doctor
Manolo Solo Garces
Cesar Vea Serrano
Roger Casamajor Pedro
Ivan Massague El Tarta
Gonzalo Martin Uriarte Frances
Eusebio Lazaro Father
Paco Vidal Priest
Juanjo Cucalon Mayor
Lina Mira Mayor's Wife
Mario Zorilla First-Aid Boss
Sebastian Haro Civil Guard Captain
Mila Espiga Doctor's Wife
Pepa Pedroche Conchita
María Jesús Gatoo Jacinta
Ana Saez Paz
Chani Martin Trigo
Milo Taboada Young Man
Fernando Albizu Engineer
Pedro G. Marzo Manager
Jose Luis Torrijos Sergeant Bayona
Inigo Garces Young Guerrilla 2
Fernando Tielve Young Guerrilla 2
Federico Luppi King
Chicho Campillo Old Man
Brittney Bush Insect
Elizabeth Irastorza Fairy/Ballerina
Shirley Cheechoo Stick Insect
Chong Che Leung Stick Insect
Mario Klemens Conductor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer,Screenwriter
Reyes Abades Special Effects Supervisor
Guiomar Alonso Stunts
Alex Angulo Costumes/Costume Designer
Belen Atienza Executive Producer
Alvaro Augustin Producer
Leire Aurrecoechea Production Manager
Ivana Baquero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Sara Bilbatua Casting
Marc Blanes Sound Mixer
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
David Jiménez Cambón Stunts
Diego Herberg Canela Stunts
Jose Manuel Cerdan Stunts
Alfonso Cuarón Producer
Angel L. Gómez De La Torre Stunts
Ivan Baena Delgado Stunts
Domenic DiGiorgio Animator
David Dominguez Camera Operator
David Ebner Executive Producer
Alejandro López Estaci Stunts
Angel L. Gómez Fernandez Stunts
Juan Francisco García Stunts
Carlos Giménez Set Decoration/Design
Martin Gómez Camera Operator
Alvaro Hernandez Stunts
Martin Hernandez Sound Editor
Lala Huete Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Eusebio Lazaro Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris LeDoux Songwriter
Michael Elvis Lines Stunts
Antonio Arnalte López Stunts
Enrique López Stunts
Sergi López Costumes/Costume Designer
Elena Manrique Executive Producer
David Marti Makeup Special Effects
Szymon Masiak Animator
Fernando Millan Stunts
Juan Montoya Stunts
Eduardo Moratilla Stunts
Guillermo Moreno Stunts
Javier Mateos Morillo Associate Producer
Javier Navarrete Score Composer
Bertha Navarro Co-producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Ivan López Nieto Stunts
Jorge López Nieto Stunts
Juan Carlos López Nieto Stunts
Akira Orikasa Executive Producer
Miguel Polo Sound/Sound Designer
Jose Quetglas Makeup
Juan J. Rodríguez Stunts
Emilio Rubio Stunts
Julia Bonilla Sabina Stunts
Bruce Saintclaire Camera Operator
Enrique Salvador Stunts
Cesar Solar Stunts
Carmen Soriano Screenwriter
Adam Stern Consultant/advisor
Marcos Lorente Talens Stunts
Sandra Tejedor Makeup
Frida Torresblanco Producer
Justo Usin Stunts
Maribel Verdú Costumes/Costume Designer
Paco Vidal Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernat Vilaplana Editor
O.D. Welch Executive Producer

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Pan's Labyrinth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PAN'S LABYRINTH is a mystery cloaked in the garb of a fairy tale for adults. It is an examination of the cruelty of the Civil War in Spain as Franco assumed prominence and the extent to which some people would resist or escape: one of those means of escape just happens to be fantasy. Writer/Director Guillermo del Toro proves his potential as one of the more important experimental filmmakers with this haunting, mesmerizing tale of a young girl's ability to cope with the world into which she is plunged. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is the eleven year old daughter of Carmen (Adriana Gil) whom we first meet as the mother and daughter move to the deserted mill to live with Carmen's sadistic and brutal new husband, Falangist Capitán Vidal (Sergi López). Carmen is pregnant with Vidal's child and upon her arrival she is ordered to bed attended by the housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdú). Ofelia is frightened by Vidal and his cruel world and by the deteriorating condition of her very pregnant mother and follows a strange insect that leads her to a secret opening into a labyrinth. Her curiosity and desperation to find a better place leads to her discovery of an entirely different world beneath the ground, a world run by the Faun (Doug Jones) who gives Ofelia three tasks that will assist her in making her world above ground a better place. Ofelia must choose between the ever increasing terror surrounding her new home with Vidal and his heinous behavior and overcome the fear of the grotesque but fascinating world of Pan's Labyrinth: the story ends with the manner in which a child must face the realities of the failure of the adult world and find successful solutions - whether those solutions be reality or fantasy. Guillermo del Toro has chosen a superb cast of actors, extraordinary visual effects technicians, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and music composer Javier Navarrete to create this magical tale. The film becomes one of the finest examples of the use of fantasy in an historical setting. It is bound to become a classic. Grady Harp
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This is one of my favorite movies, so some of the reviews surprised me. A few people really hated this movie. I suppose they did not like it, because it is a little bit "dark". I considered it beautiful, but sad. Now, it is a bit violent, but it is not as bad as a horror film. I really do not like scary movies! But I could handle this just fine. It does fit the way fairy tales used to be - dark and disturbing. Now, like I said, I do not like scary movies. But I can handle reading things like Edgar Allan Poe. I guess it is a bit like that. Dark, but not like a true horror film. If you like watching movies like "dude wheres my car" or think "honey boo boo" is talented, you likely will not like this movie.
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USGrant More than 1 year ago
not for kids, but a great fantasy film
ChemaHdz More than 1 year ago
Great plot. Great performances. Great music. Del Toro's best. This wonderful story has no flaws. A fairytale as they used to be originally: dark and violent. Will make you think and want to see it again and again. Just wonderful.
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Really enjoyed this although it was a little lengthy. A great combination of fantasy and gore. I was pleased with realist ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pan's Labyrinth is a philisophical look at how the wonder of a child is used to escape the harsh reality surounding her. Although some may think it is a little childish, it is not a kids movie. Of course it is a little childish, the imagination of a child IS childish. Look back at the big picture and you will see adults fighting for no good reason, every one caught up in something that has no real purpose, and one child who is looking (and finding) a little more in life. It will make you question how you approach your days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fairy tale set against the background of Franco's WWII Spain. The first time I saw it I was nearly moved to tears. Not only because of the amazing climax but to the whole spectrum of the story. In fact, I enjoyed the portrait of soldiers versus rebels more than the fairy tale aspect. It was brutal and if anyone went to see this movie expecting a Disney-like fairy tale they were to be certainly disappointed and shocked. I hope they didn't let their children see it. It is the best movie I've seen since Eternal Sunshine and I recommend it to anyone in search of a unique movie. Director del Toro is masterful.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
I have few foreign films in my library, but if this film is an indication, I'm definitely losing out on some gems. It's an amazing film on several levels: as a story of childhood, as a surreal and sometimes scary fantasy, as a riveting story of the Spanish Civil War. The imagery is often so gorgeous, the pacing just right to keep you intently watching and all the actors are pitch perfect. This is also one of those films where the commentary and added features really gives value added. I found it fascinating to hear the details of craft and thought that went into this film from the direction to the costume design.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not what I expected but beyond. Great story line, costumes, setting, characters and more....This movie is worth adding to your collection especially if you like mythical creatures, fairy tales and so on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
absoulutely beautiful movie, the scenery was gorgeous, it was slightly tediuous to have to read the subtitiles but you get used to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful modern rendition of Alice in Wonderland! Ophelia uses her imagination to escape reality, and finds her own tragic, and happily ever after.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far an outstanding film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, there is really only one word to describe this movie: Outstanding! It is a great movie, and I reccommend it to people about 13-14 and up. The only thing I did not like about this movie was the gruesome injuries. It showed many things that were quite unnecessary, but other than that it has an absolutely great plot and great ending. Keeps you guessing through the whole movie, then you finally understand it at the end. Highly Recommended!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two words...Most Triumphant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how I would like a movie with subtitles, but the story seemed to tell itself, I actually hardly noticed it was in Spanish! It was morbid and a bit gory at times, but it was a great story! I enjoyed this film very much and will recommend it to others! Even if that thing with the eyes in its hands kinda creeped me out...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I turned 15 today, and when i watched this movie, I was told it wasnt like a disney fairytail. i was so excited, and during the movie, even tho i had to read subtitles, it was incredible. foreign movies to me are beautiful. it gives u a different point of view, and it shows you how artistic and talented foreign people are. It was totally different than the regular labyrinth, but it was basically the same plot. I am in love with this movie, and i think being it in spanish it gives it a little touch. if i could understand spanish really well to know what they are talking about with the subtitles, that would be great! but unfortunatly i dont know spanish. the graphics were spectacular and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous. i give so many thumbs up for this movie, that it is my fave for the year. even tho its the beginning of the year, i dont think another movie will come out that i love as much as this one....TO MY OPINION. Beautiful, outstandingly beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Movie Has To Be One Of My Favorites Of The Past Couple Of Years. The Only Problem I Had With It Was That It Was In Spanish with English Sub-titles. But Overall It Is For Any Fantasy Fan!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
Emily_C123 More than 1 year ago
If you are an imaginative, dreamy person like me who looks every day for a way to excape the monotonous numbness of reality , Pans Labyrinth is the movie for you. This movie is extrvagantly inspirational and bears magnificent story-telling that pulls you into the story and makes you wonder why it has taken so long for someone to find a way to intertwine a realistic conflict like war with fantasy. This movie is told in the beautiful language of spanish which adds to the mystery and idulgence of uniquness. I've never seen or heard of any story like this and I don't want to tell you anything about it, you'll want to find out every detail for yourself. I hope you can enjoy this exalting poetic story of fantasy, adventure, and bravery.