The Frist Center always does an awesome job picking movies that relate to its exhibits when it does a film series. They currently have an exhibit called Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, so they created the Unexpected Tales film series to complement it.
Tonight’s film in that series is Pan’s Labyrinth, a Guillermo del Toro classic. I’ve never seen it, but it has a sunning 95% approval ratting on Rotten Tomatoes and a quick look at the trailer proves that it’s spooky and weird as any film you’ll ever see. A perfect fit for the exhibit it’s accompanying.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 1944 fascist Spain, an imaginative young girl, along with her pregnant mother, begins a new life with her stepfather, a fierce captain of the Spanish army. At night she meets a fairy who leads her to a faun in the center of a labyrinth. The faun informs her that she is a princess and can only prove this by undertaking three grim tasks. If she is successful she will meet with her real father, the King. If she is not successful, she will never be a princess. The young girl is thrust into living two lives: one that is dark and oppressive and another that is terrifying yet alluring.