This movie was not what I expected. It deals much more with the war in Spain than with fantasy. The fantasy aspect is presented as the imaginings of a fatherless girl under the thumb of her mother’s new husband, who doubles as a Captain in Franco’s army.
After hearing so much about this movie, I have mixed feelings.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy aspect presented as an escape from the horrors of war. I wish there had been more of the fantasy elements, perhaps selfishly, since I also think that the movie as it is now balances the two in a harmonious dichotomy.
The mythology in the film was great- from the faun to the pale man, it was absolutely fascinating.