Thursday, January 18, 2007

El Laberinto del Fauno

That's Pan's Labyrinth to you, and it's another great film in limited release. If you only know director Guillermo del Toro from his Hollywood studio projects--Mimic, Blade II, Hellboy--you don't know what you're missing. Which is not to say I didn't enjoy those three movies as well; Pan's Labyrinth just operates on a different level. It might even be more effective for non-Spanish-speaking viewers (like me), because it drops you into two unfamiliar settings: the end of the Spanish Civil War, and a fairy-tale fantasy world. Highly recommended.

~CKL
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