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Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)

DFI Cinema

/ Feature Narrative / Mexico, Spain, United States of America / 2006 / 118 min
In Spanish / English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

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In 1944, five years after the end of civil war in Spain, young Ofelia travels with her mother to the home of her new stepfather, the cruel and cold-blooded Captain Vidal, who is engaged in an ongoing battle with local rebels who are opposed to the regime of General Franco. En route, Ofelia becomes fascinated by a stick insect, which she is convinced is magical. And indeed, while she tries to get used to her new home, the insect turns into a fairy, who leads her on a breathtaking adventure.
When the fairy leads Ofelia to an abandoned labyrinth, she meets a faun who explains that the young girl may be the long-lost daughter of the King of the Underworld, who has been awaiting her return for centuries. In order to prove she is the princess, Ofelia must accomplish three tasks before the next full moon.
As Ofelia moves between the magical world of the labyrinth and the brutal conflict of her home, the film is wonderfully ambiguous as to whether the labyrinth is merely a product of her overactive imagination. Ofelia is a lover of fairy tales, and it is her firm belief in the enchanted realm that provides ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ with its enduring charm.

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