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Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro is a po­lit­i­cal fa­ble in the guise of a fairy tale. This haunt­ing fan­ta­sy­drama, set in the aer­math of the Span­ish Civil War, de­picts the strange jour­neys of an imag­i­na­tive young girl, who might be the myth­i­cal princess of an un­der­ground king­dom. Fairy tales and scary movies are meant to con­sole as well as ter­rify. What dis­tin­guishes this par­tic­u­lar film is that it bal­ances the fan­tas­ti­cal and mag­i­cal with the knowl­edge that not ev­ery­one lives hap­pily ever aer.

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