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El espinazo del diablo

Guillermo del Toro Ispanya, 2001

Mugino's rating of the film The Devil's Backbone

A few nights before seeing this, I had the good fortune of hearing Del Toro speak in person. This is his most cherished film and as he puts it, the film that "saved" him from emotional and artistic despair. Both this and its sister, "Pan's Labyrinth" rose out of a dark period -- rage emanates from the former while salvation awaits in the latter. It's a spare, gothic poem hiding great emotional complexity.