03.21.19 | Pan's Labyrinth

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Before his film, The Shape of Water broke new ground for fantasy films, Guillermo del Torro made Pan’s Labyrinth – a dark, brilliantly conceived fantasy that intertwines the real world of fascist Spain in the years following the Spanish Civil War with a mythical world centered in an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth deep in the forest.

Winner of three Academy Awards and many International Awards, the film is a darkly resonant parable that opens a portal to a secret world of fantastical characters and exquisitely rendered tableaux that – like The Shape of Water – transports us into a parallel reality.

Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.

Ian ReidComment