From Wikipedia, on labyrinth:
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Gk. λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure constructed for King Minos of Crete and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and which was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.
(…) The term labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze, but (to) modern scholars (…) a maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage, with choices of path and direction, while a single-path (“unicursal”) labyrinth has only a single, Eulerian path to the centre. A labyrinth has an unambiguous through-route to the centre and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.
Skipped the only hour of lecture I had for the day for this movie and I rather enjoyed it.
This is a story of a struggle between the rebels and the government during the post civil war period of Spain; from the perspective of a girl, Ofelia. No child that young would like to be at the focal point of struggle, a captain’s command post. The only reason she is there is because of her mother and her (soon-to-be?) step-father, Captain Vidal.
Spending most of her time with her fairy tale books is Ofelia’s method of escaping from reality. Throw in a dash of creativity and imaginations of a young, innocent mind, and she got faries, fauns and challenges she has to complete. Her adventures interweave with the chaos and pain in the real world and I find the visual violence somewhat poetic rather than gruesome. And the soundtrack was nice too, I liked the lullaby especially.
More from Wikipedia on labyrinth (italics by me):
Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending towards salvation or enlightenment.
Perhaps this is the significance of Captain Vidal’s end.
When the end links back to the beginning, when Ofelia smiled as she died, it reminded me of the saying that your past memories would flash past you when you are about to die. It made me wonder if that was exactly what Ofelia was doing and we were looking at her last few sad stay at the command post. Memories are often laced with false ones; especially if some momories hurt. Possibly that’s why her mother recovered miraculously, perhaps that’s why Ofelia could escape from her locked room.
I still believe in fairy tales. I still fantasize…