Pan's LabyrinthDirector: Guillermo del Toro
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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Cast & Crew
|Doug Jones||Pan / Pale Man|
|Ivan Massague||El Tarta|
|Gonzalo Martin Uriarte||Frances|
|Lina Mira||Mayor's Wife|
|Mario Zorilla||First-Aid Boss|
|Sebastian Haro||Civil Guard Captain|
|Mila Espiga||Doctor's Wife|
|María Jesús Gatoo||Jacinta|
|Milo Taboada||Young Man|
|Pedro G. Marzo||Manager|
|Jose Luis Torrijos||Sergeant Bayona|
|Inigo Garces||Young Guerrilla 2|
|Fernando Tielve||Young Guerrilla 2|
|Chicho Campillo||Old Man|
|Shirley Cheechoo||Stick Insect|
|Chong Che Leung||Stick Insect|
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]
Feature Audio Commentary by Director Guillermo del Toro
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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
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.
not for kids, but a great fantasy film
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this although it was a little lengthy. A great combination of fantasy and gore. I was pleased with realist ending.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!
This is by far an outstanding film!
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...
Two words...Most Triumphant!
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.
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.