Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno)

My Old Addiction

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(out of 5)

Don’t be tricked by the promotional material that bills this one as a fantasy film; it’s actually a war drama laced with fantastical elements, and thanks to some brilliant direction by Guillermo Del Toro, manages to exist in both genres quite comfortably. A little girl obsessed with fairy tales arrives in the Spanish countryside with her pregnant mother (Ariadne Gil) to join her stepfather (Sergi Lopez), a brutal soldier fighting Franco’s side of the civil war. The girl’s fanciful wanderings take her deep into the nearby forest, where she encounters the entrance to a labyrinth guarded by a faun who declares her the magical underworld’s long lost princess. She is entreated to perform three tasks that will prove her worthy of re-entry into her original domain, but achieving them is no easy task when the occurrences of the world above are many times scarier than anything…

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