Directed by: GUILLERMO DEL TORO
2006, TSPDT Rank #739
Pan's Labyrinth is probably one of the most ambitious and exquisitely crafted films of recent years. It succeeds greatly in balancing the two worlds: the harsh reality of 1940s post-Civil War Spain, and the equally grim truths of Ofelia's fantasy world. A film such as this needs both a visionary imagination and an understanding of human nature to work. This one has both. The ending is a bittersweet but perfect close to a film which portrays a world which, although often cruel and violent, can sometimes show hope to those who persevere.