Pan’s Labyrinth / El Laberinto del Fauno

Fascism is scary!

YES

Release Date: October 11, 2006
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Language: Spanish

Who should watch this movie: People who just learned that there was a civil war in Spain. 

When should you watch this movie: When you want to feel hopeful about the future but are having a hard time mustering the energy. 

The sell: Pan’s Labyrinth is actually the third installment in a trilogy written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The trilogy spans the length of the Spanish Civil War with Pan’s Labyrinth taking place after the war’s conclusion. In this dark fantasy, Del Torro uses the eyes of a child to show the audience a post-war Spain in the wake of fascist victory. This movie considers what becomes of the surviving revolutionaries and whether their continued efforts are truly worth it. In no way do the fantasy elements detract from the sharp political commentary and the addition of innocence into an otherwise grim/violent setting provides a fresh perspective. Now repeat after me kids: Yo soy el monte, y el bosque, y la tierra…

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