The Labyrinth Of The Fiaun: El Laberinto Del Fauno

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This grim mind blowing Spanish film written by Guillermo del Toro, originally known as El Laberinto del Fauno, translated to, The Labyrinth of the Faun, is a fantasy story set in Post-Civil War, Spain. Ofelia, the young protagonist, travels with her sick, pregnant mother to meet and live with a sadistic general, Captain Vidal, the father of her soon to be step-brother. During the first night, a fairy comes to Ofelia and leads her to the middle of a crumbling labyrinth where she meets a white-eyed, crippled faun who tells her that she is a princess of the Underworld who has long past died and has been reincarnated in her body. According to legend, before she can be reunited with her father in the Underworld, she must complete three difficult, gruesome tasks to obtain immortality. If she does not succeed with a pure heart in all three tasks before the moon is full, she might lose both worlds. The main theme played throughout this film, is Good vs. Evil vs. Innocence. This film beautifully pronounces this theme through it’s cinematography/lighting, makeup, and camera angles, making this dark film’s aesthetic entrancing with its morbid gore scenes and fairytale like mood. The movie starts out with the faun, named…show more content…
They begin, “Arise, my daughter. Come. You have spilled your own blood rather than the blood of an innocent. That was the final task and the most important.” (Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth), because she sacrificed her own life over the life of an innocent, she was granted rebirth, completing the initiation. But before the film credits roll, the camera flashes back to Ofelia’s bloody body lying on the stone floor, the same scene in which the film begins, making the audience ask themselves: if it was all in this girl’s
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