Thursday, 19 November 2009

(500) Films of Empire - Day 65

132 - Pan's Labyrinth - 5 stars
A young girl descends into a fantasy world and a quest to become a princess, to escape the harsh realities of life during the Spanish Civil War, when her heavily pregnant mother moves her to an outpost to stay with her new lover, a sadistic Captain.
Del Toro's finest hour is a truly magical film that creates a beautiful juxtaposition between fantasy and reality.
I only wish there had been more of the Pale Man, who featured so heavily in the advertising of the film and caused me to draw eyes on my palms for a couple of days at work!
Still amazed that this was beaten to the Oscar by The Lives Of Others, but maybe I'll change my mind when I watch it again (its number 329).

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