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El espinazo del diablo

Guillermo del Toro Ispanya, 2001

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Devil's Backbone

This is del Toro's best assembled narrative, his best film, and a pure literary masterpiece. The genre tropes earn their inclusion into a high-art narrative, and while The Devil's Backbone is more of a subtle drama/ ghost story, lacking the rousing action of Pan's Labyrinth, it's deeper in its dramatic layers of not just his characters, but the conceits, themes, and symbols. It also fully develops the emotion.