PL very assuredly walks the line between fable and chronicle. A young girl's imagination becomes the centre of familial and national conflict and elements of magical realism blur the lines between the real and the magical. And despite all of its awe-striking visuals and imaginative scripting, I wish Guillermo spent some more time developing the magical world, for it is within this universe that PL truly succeeds.
To me this was a very somber movie. A tale of escapism through the eyes of a child. The mood was set brilliantly and performances were great along the board. Usually I'm not a big fan of interactions with computer-generated imagery but how else do we dive into a kids imagination right? I even would've liked to see it being explored further...
A movie that's a favourite - but reluctantly so, there are many others easier to watch, to swallow. Pan's Labyrinth is not kind or gentle. It's a movie that's menacing and enchanting, gothic and pastoral. The movie parallels it's real and fantasy worlds, using the fairytale to speak about evil in human history, showing us violently how we need fantasy most when the real world is unbearable and how it costs us.
Si on enlève la dimension fantastique et le contexte historique, le personange d'Ofelia fait étonnamment penser à celui de Flora dans la Leçon de piano. Le regard d'un enfant sur le monde des adultes est le recul nécessaire sur une réalité où les êtres humains se prennent trop au sérieux. Et les pires d'entre eux (le général Vidal en l'occurence) en premier.