Laberinto del fauno, El (2006)
Mexico / Spanish
"Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine.
"In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Innocence and brutality
I saw the movie yesterday in the Spanish premiere and I confirm: it's
one of the best Guillermo del Toro's films (if not the best ever).
Innocence and brutality, fantasy and reality, together in a wonderful
fairy tale about the power of magic in dark times. The performances are
great, mainly from Sergi López, Maribel Verdú and the big revelation of
the film: the 12 years girl Ivana Baquero. Del Toro repeats the context
of the film "El Espinazo del Diablo" ("The Devil's Backbone"), the
Spanish Post-Civil War, with the same philosophy: the supernatural
invading the daily life in a depressive environment and the innocence
of children trapped between both world. But "El Laberinto del Fauno" is
most compact, most mature and best done in very aspects, and perhaps
it's the most personal movie from Del Toro.
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