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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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“El laberinto del fauno”

Drama, Fantasy, War |

Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film, a Spanish-Mexican co-production, stars Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, and Ariadna Gil.

The story takes place in Spain during the summer of 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia’s stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia’s pregnant mother Carmen grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employs make-up, animatronics, and CGI effects to bring life to its creatures.

In a fairy tale, Princess Moanna, whose father is the king of the underworld, visits the human world, where the sunlight blinds her and erases her memory. She becomes mortal and eventually dies. The king believes that eventually, her spirit will return to the underworld, so he builds labyrinths (which act as portals) around the world in preparation for her return.

In 1944 Francoist Spain, ten-year-old Ofelia travels with her pregnant but sickly mother Carmen to meet Captain Vidal, her new stepfather. Vidal, the son of a famed commander who died in Morocco, believes strongly in Falangism and has been assigned to hunt down republican rebels. A large stick insect, which Ofelia believes to be a fairy, leads Ofelia into an ancient stone labyrinth, but she is stopped by Vidal’s housekeeper Mercedes, who is secretly supporting her brother Pedro and other rebels.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writer: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo, Manolo Solo

Cast:

Ivana BaqueroOfelia
Sergi LópezVidal
Maribel VerdúMercedes
Doug JonesFauno / Pale Man
Ariadna GilCarmen
Álex AnguloDoctor Ferreiro
Manolo SoloGarcés
César VeaSerrano
Roger CasamajorPedro
Ivan MassaguéEl Tarta
Gonzalo UriarteFrancés
Eusebio LázaroPadre
Francisco VidalSacerdote (as Paco Vidal)
Juanjo CucalónAlcalde
Lina MiraEsposa del alcalde
Mario ZorrillaJefe de botiquín
Sebastián HaroCapitán Guardia Civil
Mila EspigaEsposa del doctor
Pepa PedrocheConchita
Lalá GatóoJacinta (as María Jesús Gatoo)
Ana SáezPaz
Chani MartínTrigo
Milo TaboadaJoven
Fernando AlbizuMaquinista
Pedro G. MarzoEncargado
José Luis TorrijoSargento Bayona
Íñigo GarcésJoven Guerrillero
Fernando TielveJoven Guerrillero 2
Federico LuppiRey
Chicho CampilloAnciano
Pablo AdánNarrador / Voz fauno (voice)
Eduardo AránegaCaptain Vidal’s Soldier (uncredited)
Luke BurnyeatSoldier (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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