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Here, itis a young girl who seeks refuge from the horrors of the real world in anelaborate quest involving magical creatures and dangerous tasks. This darkly attractive film has a painterly quality to its visual look and someimpressively elaborate animatronic effects that will delight genre fans. There should be a clear attraction for devotees of the Harry Potter series but it may be difficult to clearly define the audience for a filmthat is too sophisticated in its themes and extremely violent for Potter familyviewers and a little too familiar in its narrative for more adult viewers.

Fantasyregulars and del Toro admirers should still be sufficient to generate aninternational success. Vidal isdetermined to rid the area of guerrilla resistance and ensure the birth of ason and heir. Lookinglike Bela Lugosi and acting like Conrad Veidt in some wartime thriller, Lopezmakes Vidal an easy figure to hate.

He isruthless, sadistic and apparently a man without conscience or soul. The book-lovingOfelia is only too happy to visit a local labyrinth where she meets Pan DougJones a creature who claims that she is the long lost princess of a magicalkingdom. Creatureslike Pan, buzzing little fairies and the Pale Man who has eyes in the centre of his palms bring something original andoffbeat to typical fantasy staples.

Mimeartist Doug Jones, a del Toro regular, really lends a sense of character andindividuality to the creatures, especially the charming but deadly Pan.

The creatures and the fantasy world are by far the most beguiling side of the film whilst the tale of heartless military martinets, clandestine meetings andrustic underdogs feels much more conventional. Screen International is the essential resource for the international film industry.

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Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno)

Spain, Officially, the Civil War has been over for five years, but a small group of rebels fights on unbroken in the northern mountains of Navarra. Dreamy year-old Ofelia moves to Navarra with her delicate, pregnant mother Carmen, to become acquainted with her new stepfather, Captain Vidal, a Fascist officer under orders to rid the territory of rebels. Captain Vidal has billeted himself inside a crumbling mill; imperious and intimidating, he makes no effort to befriend his stepdaughter. Lonely, the child turns to Mercedes, a young cook working for Vidal's troops, for companionship. Ofelia, who is fascinated by fairy tales, discovers an overgrown, tumble-down labyrinth behind the mill. In the heart of the labyrinth she meets Pan, an ancient satyr who claims to know her true i.


Pan’s Labyrinth

Written, directed, and produced by Guillermo del Toro. In Spanish with English subtitles. If you believe what many have written about this Academy Award-winning film--that the world of Pan and his labyrinth and his stories is a mirage that eleven-year-old Ofelia conjures up to protect herself from Franco's bloody Spain--don't see the film. But if you're up for a ride through the surrealistic realms of story, come along through the first door that opens. And in this wondrous film the doors just keep opening.

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