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Pan's Labyrinth

El laberinto del fauno

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Spain, Mexico, 2006
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller


Spain, 1944. Ofelia, a 10-year-old obsessed with fairy tales, moves with her pregnant mother to join her stepfather, a Fascist officer stationed in the mountains. Soon Ofelia discovers an overgrown labyrinth in the forest. There she meets Pan, an ancient satyr who claims to know her secret destiny.

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Pan's Labyrinth Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2007 | 3 wins including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

2007 | 3 nominations including: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2007 | Nominee: Best Feature

Though Pan’s Labyrinth regularly uses occurrences in Ofelia’s fantasy world to influence her normal life, del Toro truly reconciles the real and fantastic around the shared importance of stories. It’s a fitting theme with which to approach a war where so many were completely annihilated in ideological purges, and it explains why Vidal’s true comeuppance isn’t death, but the promise that he’ll be willfully forgotten by all who knew him.
October 20, 2016
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One of the best films ever made from a child’s perspective, not least because it refuses to infantilize the audience. Is this deeply entrancing movie a historical war drama, a gothic horror-fantasy, or both? Remarkably, Del Toro doesn’t say. Instead he casts us headlong into a world where the evils of fascism have many faces, and where historical trauma runs so deep that it takes on the power of myth.
October 19, 2016
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For American audiences who encountered the movie first as young teenagers and have in effect grown up with it, Pan’s Labyrinth remains a waymark, an intensely remembered catharsis of pubertal misery and lostness. My daughter, around thirteen when she first saw it, had her secret internal chaos affirmed with a mythic gravity. This is how myths work—by branding our own raw sense of life’s whirlwind with the fire of an epic travail.
October 18, 2016
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