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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
"El laberinto del fauno" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, War  |  19 January 2007 (USA)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

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Eusebio Lázaro ...
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Francisco Vidal ...
Sacerdote (as Paco Vidal)
Juanjo Cucalón ...
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Storyline

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. Written by Tim

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Drama | Fantasy | War

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Rated R for graphic violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$501,691 (Mexico) (3 November 2006)

Gross:

$37,623,143 (USA) (8 June 2007)
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Trivia

While some viewers believe Ofelia's eating the grapes in the Pale Man's den to be something of a "too dumb to live" moment for the young heroine, it would actually seem to be a reference to what turns out to be her ultimate virtue: Courageous disobedience. According to Guillermo del Toro this theme is why the movie is set against the backdrop of falangist Spain (where disobeying the fascist regime was dangerous), and the final test of character for the princess confirms the importance of disobedience as well. It may also be a reference to the Narnia story "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" in which the protagonists encounter en enchanted feast which remains fresh, delicious and tempting forever, but from which one should not eat. Finally, of course, Ofelia hadn't eaten for a day, and was likely very hungry, which probably didn't help. See more »

Goofs

After the car stops for Carmen at the start of the film, Carmen gets back into the car first followed by Ofelia who is sitting on the right hand side as they drive off. When the car arrives at the mill Carmen gets out of the car from the right hand side followed by Ofelia. See more »

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[first lines]
Pan: A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world. She dreamed of blue skies, soft breeze, and sunshine. One day, eluding her keepers, the Princess escaped. Once outside, the brightness blinded her and erased every trace of the past from her memory. She forgot who she was and where she came from. Her body suffered cold, sickness, and pain. Eventually, she died. However, her father, the King, always knew...
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Crazy Credits

The two "Stick Insects" are credited as Cheech and Chong, after which it says "MAY THEY REST IN PEACE". See more »

Connections

References Dracula (1992) See more »

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Written by M. Torres Larrode (as Torres Larrode), Rafael de León, C. Cam and Daniel Montorio
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Beautiful!
15 September 2006 | by (Winchester, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this at this years FrightFest Film Festival in London and absolutely loved it.

Guillermo was there to introduce it and you can tell it really is a film he loves and is passionate about.

He referred to it as a sister movie to The Devils Backbone.

Anyway . . . so the film starts and I must admit I was expecting a lot more of a fantasy film however it is more of a 70/30 split between historical era movie/fantasy fairytale.

Don't let this put you off though, the film really is stunning and brilliantly acted. The little girl carries pretty much the whole film on her shoulders and does so with the skill of Atlas himself!

The violence is graphic and the monsters are scary but it is probably one of the most gorgeous and personal films from a director for a long time!

Give it a go if you can get to a screening, DON'T WAIT FOR DVD, it really does need to be seen on a big screen!


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