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


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.

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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pan's Labyrinth, Disc 1
1. There Lived a Princess [5:50]
2. Captain Vidal [5:38]
3. The Magic Rose [3:21]
4. Fathers and Sons [3:17]
5. Into the Labyrinth [6:41]
6. Mercedes [6:20]
7. The Giant Toad [7:20]
8. A New, Clean Spain [4:23]
9. Take Me to the Labyrinth [3:19]
10. Our Daily Bread in Franco's Spain [2:00]
11. Lullaby [7:20]
12. The Pale Man [6:57]
13. The Maquis [5:21]
14. Skirmish in the Hills [4:55]
15. Torture [3:49]
16. You Failed! [5:00]
17. Magic Does Not Exist [3:28]
18. Take Me With You [6:15]
19. Just a Woman [4:57]
20. Vidal's Wound [6:37]
21. The Blood of an Innocent [9:14]
22. End Titles [6:52]


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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
A helpful hint: do whatever you have to do to get your hands on this movie. It is a startlingly beautiful piece full of exceptional fantasy and brutal violence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hype about this movie (mainly "it will change the way you view the world", which is not true at all) turned me off before actually seeing it, so I wasn't expecting much from this film. However, I was pleaantly surprised. I definitely don't agree with the claim that it's on the same level as Lord of the Rings. Think more C.S. Lewis and you'll get a more accurate picture. The background story set in Spain is engrossing and provides a nice background to the more fantastic scenes, which may or may not all be in the main character's imagination. Contrary to some reviews here, the effects were one of the best aspects of the film. I loved how the faun (for some reason called Pan in the title, though he's never called this in the film) was part man, part animal, part tree and part stone. Also, the monster with eyes in its hands (which, by the way, is taken straight from Japanese folklore, where it is called te-no-me) was one of the creepiest and best overall movie monster I've seen in years. The insect-fairies and the mysterious and evocative ruins were also nice touches. Overall, I don't think any aspect of this movie was lacking. While the hype is a bit misleading, it's definitely not your average movie and is well worth seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
I saw this at the theatre and left completely amazed at the different types of feelings this movie evoked within me. It is an incredible film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had an overall good theme but I missed it because I got really disturbed by the violence.The movie trailers made it out to be a fantasy, childish fairytale, but it definitely wasn't.I definitely appreciated it though and its overall goal,so that's why I would recommend it.Not for the queasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I head read about this movie and waited for its US theater release and it was every bit as amazing as I had hoped. The film is in subtitles, which I don't mind, but some people can't get past that for some reason. The story is great and the visuals are amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies i've seen. It's true that it is extremely violent, so don't make the mistake of taking young children to see it it's not a fairy tale the way cinderella is. For those of you that are too trouble to read text on the screen you are being immature. Having to READ doesn't make a movie bad, and frankly i enjoy subtitled movies better than when they are ridiculously dubbed. The movie isn't supposed to be a fairy tale, it's about how the girl escapes the violence of the real world during a time of war by going into a fairy-tale like world "it's unclear if it's real or imagination". One of the points is the comparison of which is worse. The real world is at times just as bad as some of the monsters or horrors of the fairy tale world. Anyway, if you think LORD OF THE RINGS was good, this tops it by a couple thousand miles. Don't go and see bad movies like eragon, or other nerdish things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want to see a great movie? Check out Pan's Labyrinth! As close to perfect as a movie gets (acting, cinematography, score, screenplay, direction,tone). You'll never forget it and you'll be thinking about it for weeks after your first viewing.
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
This is by far an outstanding film!
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
Two words...Most Triumphant!
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
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.