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Monday, June 18, 2007

El Laberinto del fauno

Plot summary

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. Written by Tim

This is the story about a young girl... and the fantasy world she created, to survive the harsh reality... This movie teaches us how children survive the real world, which they are not prepared for, and how adults forgotten this ability, disregard it as nothing, missing its "power"... Written by John

In 1944, in the post-Civil War in Spain, rebels still fight in the mountains against the fascist troops. The young and imaginative Ofelia travels with her pregnant and sick mother Carmen Vidal to the country to meet and live with her stepfather, the sadistic and cruel Captain Vidal, in an old mill. During the night, Ofelia meets a fairy and together they go to a pit in the center of a maze where they meet a faun that tells that she is a princess from a kingdom in the underground. He also tells that her father is waiting for her, but she needs to accomplish three gruesome, tough and dangerous assignments first. Meanwhile, she becomes friend of the servant Mercedes, who is the sister of one of the rebels and actually is giving support to the group. In a dark, harsh and violent world, Ofelia lives her magical world trying to survive her tasks and sees her father and king again. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Pan's Labyrinth" is the story of a young girl who travels with her pregnant mother to live with her mother's new husband in a rural area up North in Spain, 1944, after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Fascist repression during the first years of Franco's dictatorship is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own. Written by Ben McIntosh

Cast of El Laberinto del fauno

Ivana Baquero ... Ofelia
Sergi López ... Capitán Vidal

Maribel Verdú ... Mercedes
Doug Jones ... Pan/Pale Man
Ariadna Gil ... Carmen Vidal
Álex Angulo ... Dr. Ferreiro
Manolo Solo ... Garcés
César Vea ... Serrano
Roger Casamajor ... Pedro
Ivan Massagué ... El Tarta
Gonzalo Uriarte ... Francés
Eusebio Lázaro ... Padre - Father
Francisco Vidal ... Cura - Priest (as Paco Vidal)
Juanjo Cucalón ... Mayor
Lina Mira ... Mayor's Wife

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