Pop Culture Imports: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ An Uruguayan Political Drama, a Throwback Video Game Anime, and More

/Film | 1/10/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro‘s masterful dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, a harrowing and human political drama about a former Uruguayan president’s years in prison, a wacky video game anime, a lavish K-drama set in Spain, and a quiet Estonian-Georgian anti-war film.

Now let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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Cast: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo.

Guillermo del Toro’s haunting, twisted masterpiece is a dark fairy tale that will sear itself into your mind more than any of your childhood boogeymen. Gorgeously crafted and shockingly brutal, Pan’s Labyrinth is like taking a trip through the Mexican director’s weirdest nightmares — or maybe his most vivid dreams, considering del Toro’s love for the baroque. Set in 1944 Spain, the film follows 11-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) as she and her mother travel to a remote countryside home where her sadistic new stepfather, Captain Vidal (Sergi López) is leading a mission to hunt down republican rebels. Ofelia soon stumbles on a nearby stone labyrinth, where she meets the titular faun Pan who, believing Ofelia to be the reincarnation of an underworld princess, orders her to complete a trio of life-threatening tasks. The grim realities of its war-torn backdrop lend an extra layer of horror to Pan’s Labyrinth, which is as transporting as it is terrifyingly real.

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Watch This If You Like: The Shape of Water, Legend, Edward Scissorhands, The Black Cauldron, experiencing Guillermo...
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