"What is a ghost ?" , asks the narrator in the opening scene of my favourite film of 2001. And the answer i got in the cinema at the end broke my heart. Now, i am glad to be able to watch it again on DVD.
The story is so powerful and absorbing that i forget that it is told in the Spanish language. This is one its many strengths. Pure cinema at its majestic beauty.
This is more than just a haunting ghost story. I adore every aspect of this masterpiece from the unforgettable characters and setting (Spain in the civil war riven 1930s) to the masterful storytelling style.
Thank you Mr Guillermo del Toro for this gift of a magnificent movie. With this one, i feel i am watching the ascendancy of a unique directorial Great. I don't have any knowledge of Spanish. But i am telling everyone i meet to watch this movie. Its themes of death, ghosts, wars, love and loss are too relevant now. We "need" this story. Saying anymore about the "Devil's Backbone" would be to rob you of the pleasure in discovering the many heartbreaking moments for yourself. Not even the Devil would do that.