The underground of the city is like what's underground in people. Beneath the surface, it's boiling with monsters.
~ Guillermo del Toro
I love the above Del Toro quote. Sometimes in movies and in real life, the people are far worse than the monsters.
This month's foreign film certainly attests to this conclusion. I chose to watch yet another Spanish film by one of my favorite writer/directors, Guillermo del Toro ~ Pan's Labyrinth. Though I have seen it before, I always come away with a feeling of awe of his storytelling and the beauty of this magical film.
That being said, Pan's Labyrinth is an intense movie and definitely not for children.In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.
Watching this foreign film wasn't as tricky for me as watching some other foreign films. Spanish is my second language (though I am a bit rusty). I confess that when the dialogue was spoken quickly, I had to read the words.
My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film, two Spanish films, two Persian films, and a French film.