The Devil's Backbone

The Devil's Backbone
  • 2001
  • Spain
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz
  • Cast: Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi
  • Language: Spanish

In del Toro's expertly-crafted ghost tale set during Spain's Civil War, a young Carlos is brought to a remote orphanage presided over by an odd elderly couple (Luppi and Paredes), and haunted by the ghost of another orphan. A powerful political backdrop is seamlessly interwoven with a strong religious subtext, and there are numerous cultural references including the surreal imagery of Salvador Dali and the Victorian Gothic writings of MR James. Gloriously photographed by Almodovar's cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, this is brilliant visual, allegorical storytelling.

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