Director: Guillermo del Toro Run Time: 118 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2006 Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Starring: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Álex Angulo, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil
Not only does Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth begin with the ending of the young heroine dying (the rest of the story is told in flashback) but film critic Jim Emerson says that this scene actually contains the entire film in one shot. Walking the thin line between horror and fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth blurs both worlds as the young Ofelia lives in the brutal reality of post-Civil War Spain in 1944 and a fairy tale world where she must complete a series of tasks and be led through a labyrinth to rule with her father, the King. Leaving the audience to wonder what is real and what’s imagined.