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Pan's Labyrinth (Drury @ the Moxie)

  • Starring: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, War
  • Language: Spanish
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Drury University professor Dr. Heidi Backes lead a post show discussion after the film. This screening is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

Summary: Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil. [Warner Bros].

"Dark, twisted and beautiful, this entwines fairy-tale fantasy with war-movie horror to startling effect."
- Kim Newman, Empire
"One of the greatest of all fantasy films."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This intense film, a mix of horror, fantasy, and history that convinces on all those levels and mixes them up with dizzying brio, is a searing cinematic experience, a beautiful, terrifying vision from writer-director Guillermo del Toro."
- Glenn Kenny, Premiere
"In tone, Pan's Labyrinth resembles a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and H.P. Lovecraft, with some Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It is a tribute to - as well as a prime example of - the disturbing power of imagination."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Like the folk tales from centuries past, Pan's Labyrinth is a dark odyssey with nightmarish visions and cruel threats, but coming through the sacrifice and suffering is the childlike belief in magic and imagination that for Del Toro represents the hope and optimism of a happily ever after in this cruel world."
- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer