Pan's Labyrinth | 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Main Plot

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.


  • Ivana Baquero's character, Ofelia, is a young girl who escapes into a dark fantasy world to cope with the harsh reality of post-Civil War Spain.
  • Ariadna Gil plays Carmen, the mother of the protagonist, who becomes entangled in the dark and fantastical world.
  • Sergi L√≥pez's character in Pan's Labyrinth is Captain Vidal, a ruthless and sadistic military officer during the Spanish Civil War.


Pan's Labyrinth ends with the young protagonist, Ofelia, completing her final task in the mythical underworld. Sacrificing her life, she is reunited with her true family, the king and queen, in the magical realm. In the real world, Ofelia is found dead by her stepfather, Captain Vidal, who is then killed by the rebels. As the film concludes, the narrator suggests that Ofelia's spirit lives on and her sacrifice was not in vain.

Guillermo del Toro