Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Le Labyrinth De Pan

DVD - 2007
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In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Atlantis, [2007]
Copyright Date: ℗2007
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Pans
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In Spanish dubbed in French with English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

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Guillermo del Toro's Spanish, fairy tale-like film is creepy, beautiful, and not to be missed.


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lissa_adamson
May 24, 2020

No one beats Guillermo DelToro for creativity! I love this movie and am also loving the illustrated book that was recently released. Don't let the subtitles get you down, give it a shot.

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mJJLnk7
Apr 23, 2020

This is the reason I love "Hellboy". Del Toro (the Mignola comics are amazing as well). Finally, a story that explains the survival value of fairy tales...and, no, it's not even for teenagers.

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mJJLnk7
Mar 15, 2020

Still Del Toro's masterpiece, even after the brilliant Shape of Water

OPL_DavidD Mar 03, 2020

This is my favorite movie. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, terrifying, thought provoking, and riveting all at the same time. Many scenes are permanently burned into my mind from when I first saw it in the theaters.

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stevania_k
Jan 19, 2020

A very gruesome storyline about war which was translated into half fantasy half reality movie, using the world of a child to take the heavy topic up a notch. The message of the whole story lay upon a child in a few minutes near the end when she refused to pour the blood of the innocent. The title and the poster are deceiving, this movie is not for children at all. Even the soundtrack is so sad.

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mrbeowulf
Sep 26, 2019

This movie takes place in 1944 in Spain. The main character is a girl named Ofelia. In this time frame, the Spanish military is finding and killing guerrilla military rebels. Ofelia escapes from this horrible military reality by having a creative imagination and living in a fantasy land. In her fantasy imagination, she meets Pan. Pan is half man and half goat. I thought this creature was evil. In the end of the movie, Pan wanted Ofelia's newborn brother. Pan wanted to plunge a knife into the newborn to get the blood of an innocent.
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I thought the movie was disturbing. In the end, Ofelia's dad shoots Ofelia with a revolver and Pan celebrates that Ofelia sacrificed herself. On top of that, the movie was in the Spanish language and it had English subtitles. Was Ofelia's imagination a way to cope with the atrocities happening during the Spanish Civil War?

ArapahoeAllie Jul 15, 2019

I love Guillermo del Toro's films. This is a beautiful piece of art that emphasizes strong female characters contrasting with really dark antagonists. Watch the extras on how the designs were imagined!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 28, 2019

5/5 stars. Pan’s Labyrinth is a 2006 Mexican/Spanish dark fantasy film that was directed by legendary Guillermo Del Toro. It tells the story of a little girl named Ophelia who moves to Spain in 1944 with her mother, who recently married a general. There she discovers that she is a Princess and a faun comes to her, telling her she must complete three tasks to return to her kingdom. This film is my favourite one of all time and is even made by one of my favourite directors as well. Pan’s Labyrinth is incredibly magical but also takes place in a real setting, set five years after the Spanish Civil War, but introduces a world that stuck with me for years after originally seeing it. This is a film I recommended to anyone, even if reading subtitles isn't your thing, the story and characters alone, along with the incredibly visuals and make-up designs, it is a film that is a must-see, no matter what. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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jezicuhh
Mar 05, 2018

Downright spooky and rather sad at times, but for the most part, a very moving film. Definitely not for everyone, but definitely for people who appreciate an artistic movie.

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ridley1976
Jan 25, 2018

Beautiful...scary. Love it.

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ManMachine
Sep 01, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film has a "Restricted" rating, so you can expect some scenes to be very intense.

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ManMachine
Sep 01, 2014

Coarse Language: There's profanity, alright. But, the f-word is never spoken.

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ManMachine
Sep 01, 2014

Violence: Some very brutal, gory and vicious violence in this film. Be warned!

blackghoul Sep 26, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

blackghoul Sep 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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hur74Vety
Jul 12, 2010

Violence: Very graphic!

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hur74Vety
Jul 12, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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hur74Vety
Jul 12, 2010

Sexual Content: Having to do with births

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zeldash
Feb 11, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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kokosowe
Jul 30, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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KWhite190
Nov 28, 2018

"I've had so many names. Old names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the forest and the earth. I am... I am a faun. Your most humble servant, Your Highness."

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ManMachine
Sep 01, 2014

"I just saw a fairy!"

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kaw
May 01, 2014

What happens when make-believe believes it's real? (official tagline)

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Monolith
Dec 18, 2012

Pan: "A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world. She dreamed of blue skies, soft breezes, and sunshine. One day, eluding her keepers, the Princess escaped. Once outside, the brightness blinded her and erased every trace of the past from her memory. She forgot who she was and where she came from. Her body suffered cold, sickness, and pain. Eventually, she died. However, her father, the King, always knew that the Princess' soul would return, perhaps in another body, in another place, at another time. And he would wait for her, until he drew his last breath, until the world stopped turning..."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Many, many years ago in a sad, faraway land, there was an enormous mountain made of rough, black stone. At sunset, on top of that mountain, a magic rose blossomed every night that made whoever plucked it immortal. But no one dared go near it because its thorns were full of poison. Men talked amongst themselves about their fear of death, and pain, but never about the promise of eternal life. And every day, the rose wilted, unable to bequeath its gift to anyone... forgotten and lost at the top of that cold, dark mountain, forever alone, until the end of time."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"Count to three."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"You're getting older, and you'll see that life isn't like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you'll learn that, even if it hurts."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"To obey, just like that, for the sake of obeying, without questioning ... that's something only people like you can do."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"The men in his battalion said that when General Vidal died on the battlefield, he smashed his watch on a rock so that his son would know the exact hour and minute of his death. So he would know how a brave man dies."

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britprincess1
Aug 07, 2012

"You won't be the first pig I've gutted!"

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blackghoul Sep 26, 2011

blackghoul thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Delta
Jun 18, 2011

Delta thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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hur74Vety
Jul 12, 2010

hur74Vety thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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zeldash
Feb 11, 2010

zeldash thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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kaw
May 01, 2014

Del Toro's cult masterpiece locates the monstrous within fairytales and links it to the very real horrors of post-Civil War Spain.

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Delta
Jun 18, 2011

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 centre 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.

TheJoker Dec 28, 2010

The movie follows a girl named Ofelia who encounters a labyrinth and a charismatic faun. She discovers she is a princess and must complete 3 dangerous tasks to prove her immortality.

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