Source: Catholic News Service
Cinematically stunning adult tale set in 1944 Spain about an unhappy 11-year-old girl's (Ivana Baquero) emotional escape into a maze -- either real or imagined -- overseen by a faun (Doug Jones) attended by insect-fairies that help her cope with the horrors of the marriage of her ailing pregnant mother (Ariadna Gil) to a vicious fascist officer (Sergei Lopez) assigned to root out resistance fighters who are secretly aided by his housekeeper (Maribel Verdu) and physician (Alex Angulo). Though the main story outline is familiar in its classic structure, it is given new life by director Guillermo Del Toro's deft balancing of the harsh real world with the girl's mysterious parallel universe which sheds light on the former, and there are poignant elements of sacrifice and redemption. Subtitles. Rough and crude language and some profanity, several brutally violent episodes, torture, several murders, a nongraphic amputation, a mercy killing, occult plot aspects and graphic childbirth scenes. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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