Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Arts: Film: Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth. Director Guillermo del Toro. Starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi López.
By Chelsea Werner

Director Guillermo del Toro recreates the political tensions of post-Civil War Spain and of childhood imagination. Ten year-old Ofelia finds a twisted context for the fascism around her that serves as a tale of corruption for adults. The original score evokes a truly disturbing world, where ideologies destroy humanity.

The first appearance of the shape-shifting insect that finds and leads Ofelia to the fawn that reveals her fate is a signal that Ofelia is striving to enter an underworld. It is not surprising, then, that her adventures involve the entrails of giant toads and ghastly child-eating ogres. These interactions pale in comparison to the evil represented by Captain Vidal, Ofelia’s new stepfather, a neurotic who lacks the possibility of redemption. Not for the eyes of children, this film was captivating and disturbing at the same time.


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