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    Anyone else see this? It's a Spanish movie from the director of Hellboy I believe. It's about a young girl, her mother, and her fantasy world set in the woods of somewhere in Spain. Her stepfather is a cruel soldier battling the anti fascists.

    I did not want to see this at first because the story did not exactly interest me. I am not into movies where kids have these incredible fantasy worlds they conjure up because it suspends belief. I mean, a kid has to be on some serious narcotics or extreme form of schizophrenia in my opinion. What normal kids has these kinds of visions???

    Anyways I saw it and I thought it was a well made movie. I thought the movie handled the parallel worlds of the young girl rather well, with some very intense and bizarre sequences. It was though a sad movie throughout, as is expected from the time period. The ending in particular, where the young girl has this vision and finally seems to be at peace, made me almost cry which I hate because guys crying in theaters is damned embarrasing.

    One warning though, this movie is NOT for kids. I am sure many parents will think, young girl, fantasy world, perfect movie. But this movie is very violent and bloody, and NOT at all suitable for children though I doubt this will deter parents from taking their kids anyways.

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    I'm really looking forward to seeing this but haven't yet.

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    yeah i want to see it too; i heard its great and i love wierdo dark films and the Franco period was an awful terrible time in Spanish history that a lot of ppl dont seem to really know about.

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    I really liked it!!! Great movie although I wish they would have done more with the freaky guy with the eyes in his hands.

    But boy he really went all out with the uterus/fallopian tube imagery. It was everywhere! BF and I kept saying, "there it is!"

    I first noticed it in the poster.


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    Is the movie extremely gory & bloody? I really want to see it and I wanted to take my son. He's a scary movie buff like his mom and does not get scared but I don't let him watch extreme pointless gore. I never let him watch any of the saw movies to which I got a lecture from him about how he knows that computer graphics and special effects make up artists are responsible for anything that would seem disgusting on film. He's only 7 though so if it's like saw gore I won't take him but if it's not at that level I will. How come this movie isn't advertised more. I just found out yesterday it's been at the theatres since end of December and read some great reviews but have not seen one commercial about it.

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    The movie does have violence and blood in it. The 'captain' has a few scenes depicting cruelty towards the resistance fighters by torturing them. There are battle scenes where people are executed at close range. I wouldn't say it's extremely gory like Saw 3 was, but it's enough where I wouldn't take anyone younger than teens to it. But that is just me.

    I realize kids today are not like when I was a kid. Young ones today have access to internet, media, etc, and have been exposed to all kinds of violent imagery and whatnot.

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    Seven might be a little young for a subtitled movie...and with the focus on the Spanish Civil War I think he might be bored. But I don't have kids so maybe I'm wrong.

    It's more of a fairy tale for adults.

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    Wow I did not know it was subtitled. Well that helps in the fact that hell no will I take my son because I don't want to have to read anything he can't and miss the movie. Plus I'm sure he will want to read out loud and I don't want to annoy the crap out of other moviegoers. But I will definitely go see it.

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    It's rated R isn't it? I initially thought of taking my kids, but I've read that there are a lot of graphic parts. I definitely want to see it.

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    ^^no, no, don't take kids. WAY TOO SCARY! It's rated R!! But go with your significant other-it's awesome! I went with my dad

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    I must be the only one that didn't think it was that graphic/scary. I've seen war flicks that are way way worse and it's nothing compared to the horror movies that are out these days.

    I think I missed a lot of the symbolism for this movie or something but I didn't really think it was as spectacular as everyone is saying. I mean it was good, it kept my attention and got me thinking but other than that, meh.
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    oh shit this film was superb! and i cried like a ragdoll at the end it was intense man.

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    I saw it some weeks ago. It was good, the visuals were amazing and it definitely had that adult-fairytale air to it. Normally I'm not that into movies with a child as a central character, it did not bug me that much here.

    The storyline fell a bit flat though, not much character development here. Also quite violent in a realistic way at times, the audience was gasping, and some guy next to me actually turned away when the captain sewed his own wound.

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    ^ WELL YEAH I DIDNT WATCH THAT SCENE EITHER! btw who else thought the captain was fuckin' fine?!

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    OH MY GOD I SAW IT TODAY AND I EFFING LOVED IT!!! Best film in yeeeeeeeeears. Man, this is an instant classic.
    Hated the frivilous violence though, some of it just looked fake. But the wine bottle stabbing scene freaked me out, I felt like I was watching a live feed on the net of an execution rather than a planned movie.
    The ending was surprising, and very sad. I loved Ofelia. And Mercedes.

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