Criterion Collection Spine #666
(Foreign language film)
A young Spanish boy unlocks the horrific past of an all boys orphanage he is abandoned at.
"What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber."
I was surprised to see just how similar Director Guillermo del Toro's The Devil’s Backbone was to his later film 'Pan's Labyrinth', just with it being about a little boy instead of a girl. But with comparing the two, I would say 'Pan's Labyrinth' is a far better film with its gothic fantasy elements, over…