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.
Guillermo del Toro repeatedly said "no" to Hollywood producers, in spite of being offered double the budget provided the film was made in English. He didn't want any compromise in the storyline to suit the "market needs".
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...
Vidal is using a Luger P-08 pistol. When he "fires" it, although smoke can be seen coming out of the barrel, the distinctive cartridge eject mechanism of the P-08 doesn't move, nor do any spent cartridges eject. This is due to a prohibition on pyrotechnics in the forest used for filming and the sound of gunfire and muzzle flash having been added later.
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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