Pan’s Labyrinth

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Warning: spoilers ahead! Also, if you haven’t seen this film, you may want to skip this post, as it will make no sense to you.

I re-watched Pan’s Labyrinth last night. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen it. It was very popular at my high school back in 2007 and 2008, after it was released in the US.

Back when I first saw it, my mom and I watched it together on DVD. It was 2008. Even though I was deeply saddened by the ending, I interpreted the film as having some hope at the end. I thought the fairytale world that’s interspersed with the real and depressing 1944 world is meant to actually exist.

However, after watching it last night, I’m not so sure I hold that interpretation anymore. Now, I think the fairytale world was a figment of Ofelia’s imagination and her way of coping with all the unhappiness in her life. That means when she was shot at the end, she actually did die and there was no happy ending with her soul reuniting with her parents in the underworld kingdom.

This is actually really bothering me. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was trying to puzzle out this film. For those of you who have seen it, what do you think?