Pan’s Labyrinth

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE TV GUIDE -

Satur­day, sbs, 10.30pm, MA15+ (2006)

Haunt­ing, dark and beau­ti­ful, Pan’s Labyrinth strad­dles the worlds of un­cer­tain fan­tasy and bru­tal re­al­ity and will spook adults, not just chil­dren. Mex­i­can writer-di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro (Hell­boy) presents the world of 11-year-old dreamer Ofe­lia (Ivana Ba­quero, pic­tured right). Her re­al­ity is the re­mote hills of war-torn 1940 Spain, where her mother (Ari­adna Gil) tells her she’s get­ting too old for the fairy­tales she loves so much. But for the del­i­cate young­ster, her books are more than just sto­ries, they are a refuge from the grim ev­ery­day world. Led by a fore­bod­ing fairy, Ofe­lia ex­plores a crum­bling labyrinth near her ne w home and en­coun­ters a faun (Doug Jones) who re­veals that she is the Princess of the Un­der­world, set­ting her on a thrilling quest.

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