Part of “Toro de Force: The films of Guillermo del Toro,” celebrating THE SHAPE OF WATER director’s catalog of masterful, darkly magical fantasies on celluloid.
Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s unique, richly imagined epic, a gothic fairytale set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain.
Ofelia is a lonely and dreamy child living with her ailing mother and adoptive father, a severe military officer on a mission to quash rebels at any cost. While out exploring one night, Ofelia stumbles upon the lair of the faun god Pan. The encounter leads her into a world of magical adventures, fantastical creatures, and secret destinies. But even with these magical sojourns Ofelia can’t quite fully escape the darkness that threatens swallow the mortal world around around her.
Very much a thematic sequel to the director’s earlier THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH finds del Toro adapting the formal characteristics of classic folklore for a twentieth century landscape to deliver a timeless tale of good and evil, bravery and sacrifice, love and loss.