History Film / PansLabyrinth

11th Mar '16 2:53:12 AM gravious
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* HumanoidAbomination: The Pale Man. Ohh, The Pale Man.
8th Feb '16 5:56:59 AM rightyo
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** There were some who saw it as a SpiritualSuccessor to the Franco-Era Spanish classic TheSpiritOfTheBeehive, another film that deals with a young girl's experiences in the early Franco years and her perception of the real-world realities of the time through a fantasy lens (in this case through Boris Karloff's Frankenstein).
27th Jan '16 2:29:39 PM Joysweeper
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* SoftGlass: Subverted in a scene early on which has Captain Vidal smashing a man's face in with a wine bottle. The ''bottle'' doesn't break.

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* SoftGlass: Subverted in a scene early on which has Captain Vidal smashing a man's face in with a wine bottle. The ''bottle'' doesn't break. On the DVD commentary Del Toro relates a barfight he was in, seeing a friend beaten by a bottle which remained whole the whole time.
9th Jan '16 2:15:25 PM porphyre77
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* SupernaturalProofFather: Vidal is unable to see the faun standing just in front of him.
26th Dec '15 1:21:21 PM aye_amber
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Now the subject of an upcoming [[TheMusical musical adaptation]] written by Del Toro himself, with Creator/GustavoSantaolalla (''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'') and Music/PaulWilliams composing music/lyrics, respectively.

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Now the subject of an upcoming [[TheMusical musical adaptation]] written by Del Toro himself, with Creator/GustavoSantaolalla Gustavo Santaolalla (''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'') and Music/PaulWilliams composing music/lyrics, respectively.
26th Dec '15 1:19:49 PM aye_amber
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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers used for the US release 1) gave no clue that the actual film was in Spanish, and 2) made it look like a ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''-type family fantasy. FAMILY FANTASY. REALLY.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers used for the US release 1) gave no clue that the actual film was in Spanish, and 2) made it look like a ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''-type ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' type family fantasy. FAMILY FANTASY. REALLY.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:After Ofelia refuses to let her innocent newborn brother's blood to be spilled for her final test, she's shot by Vidal. As she lies dying, the blood from her wounds fulfills the test's requirements and she's finally allowed to reunite with her parents in the underworld.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:After [[spoiler: After Ofelia refuses to let her innocent newborn brother's blood to be spilled for her final test, she's shot by Vidal. As she lies dying, the blood from her wounds fulfills the test's requirements and she's finally allowed to reunite with her parents in the underworld.]]



* OurOgresAreHungrier: Del Toro says that the Pale Man is his conception of the classic, child-eating ogre of fairy tales.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:Pedro's killing of Vidal for the murder of Ofelia.]]

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* OurOgresAreHungrier: Del Toro says that the Pale Man is his conception of the classic, child-eating child eating ogre of fairy tales.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:Pedro's [[spoiler: Pedro's killing of Vidal for the murder of Ofelia.]]



* PragmaticVillainy: Captain Vidal was annoyed that he killed two innocent hunters he mistook for rebels-only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Captain Vidal was annoyed that he killed two innocent hunters he mistook for rebels-only rebels only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: In short, is it better to play it safe and obey or to take the chance and be disobedient when you don't trust the authority in question? This theme is foreshadowed, in microcosmic form, in Ofelia's bedtime story for her unborn brother.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: In short, is it better to play it safe and obey obey, or to take the chance and be disobedient when you don't trust the authority in question? This theme is foreshadowed, in microcosmic form, in Ofelia's bedtime story for her unborn brother.



* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Mercedes won't even bother to let Vidal finish his speech at the end.]]

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* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Mercedes [[spoiler: Mercedes won't even bother to let Vidal finish his speech at the end.]]



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:The underworld on the other hand.]]

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The underworld on the other hand.]]



* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The Faun, although he's pretty effective at playacting otherwise.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Almost all the real-world characters, but Carmen (Ofelia's mother) most of all.

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* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The Faun, although he's pretty effective at playacting otherwise.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Almost all the real-world real world characters, but Carmen (Ofelia's mother) most of all.



** Or maybe ''[[GenreSavvy Right Genre Savvy]] mother'', we never find out for sure...

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** Or maybe ''[[GenreSavvy Right Genre Savvy]] mother'', mother,'' we never find out for sure...
18th Dec '15 8:56:58 PM sagetcommabob
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Dr. Ferreiro remarks to Captain Vidal that blind obedience without questioning is something only men like him practice. [[spoiler: For her last task, Ofelia promises the faun that she will obey any command he gives without questioning, but refuses to risk her brother's safety.]]
3rd Dec '15 11:55:43 PM shibata33
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* FoodChains: Don't eat the food on the table means, ''don't eat the food on the table''. (Though, since it was wartime, it was likely that Ofelia hadn't eaten or seen fresh fruit in a long while. And she had been sent to bed without supper, so was more hungry than usual.)

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* FoodChains: Don't eat the food on the table means, ''don't eat the food on the table''. (Though, since it was wartime, it was likely It can be explained, though, that Ofelia hadn't eaten or seen likely had had a chance to eat fresh fruit in for a long while. And Also, she had been sent to bed without supper, so was more hungry than usual.)
26th Oct '15 5:44:35 PM KJMackley
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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: An inversion, many times people are shot and barely react at all before dying. One character get shot in the back while walking and doesn't break stride for another couple of steps before falling. This holds true when [[spoiler: Vidal shoots Ofelia in the stomach, she looks more confused than in pain. Vidal himself gets shot just below his [[BoomHeadshot right eye]] and has time to blink two or three times before collapsing]].
15th Oct '15 1:54:43 PM Cidolfas
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** Although the blood is flowing ''backwards'' - so maybe not so foregone after all.
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