backtrack; El laberinto del fauno (2006)

laberinto

A powerful – if partly incoherent – mix of mysterious dark fantasy and revolting civil war brutality. Chronicles a girl’s coming of age, a family falling apart, and a society descending into darkness. Symbolism is sometimes unfathomable, danger always imminent.

Magic realism with very memorable visuals. In my book of fairytales for grownups.

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2 Responses to backtrack; El laberinto del fauno (2006)

  1. SJHoneywell says:

    Now that you’ve reviewed this one, I think it’s worth your time to track down The Devil’s Backbone. It’s very much the same story, except that the main character is a young boy and it’s a ghost story rather than a fairy tale.

  2. I have been looking forward to that backbone since I read on Wikipedia that Toro considers el laberinto a »spiritual successor«!

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