R | | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
The ruined town seen during the opening sequence of the film is the old town of Belchite Zaragoza, in Aragón, Spain. It was also used by Terry Gilliam for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). The town was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and never rebuilt.
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 breeze, and sunshine. One day, eluding her keepers, the Princess escaped. Once outside...
The instructions tell Ofelia to turn the hourglass over when the door opens, but she waits until she has entered the Pale Man's domain.
The title and the names of the actors and the production staff are not shown until the end of the film.
€1,545,313 (Spain) (15 October 2006)
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