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 film's original Spanish title is "The Labyrinth of the Faun." It was retitled "Pan's Labyrinth," after the goat-human nature god Pan, in English-speaking countries, German-speaking countries, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, and Croatia. Guillermo del Toro said that he felt the Faun is just a normal faun and that Pan himself was too dark and sexual for a fairytale starring an eight-year-old girl.
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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