El laberinto del fauno (2006) is a fantasy film written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro in 2006. It is set in 1944 Francoist Spain where Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her pregnant mother move in with the Falangist Captain Vidal; Ofelia’s new stepfather and soon to be father of her half-brother.
This essay will seek to explore how the film’s violence is meticulously portrayed as a masculine trait. It could be argued, that because violence is depicted as a masculine attribute, the main character that conveys and reinforces this concept is Captain Vidal (Sergi López). However, characters such as Carmen (Ariadna Gil) further reinstate this feature by complying and being ‘domesticated’.
From the very beginning, when Ofelia meets the Captain for the first time, the aggressive man shows his violent attitude; Vidal, being greeted by Ofelia with her left hand, changes the situation by gripping it firmly and stating ‘It 's the other hand, Ofelia.’ His fixation for even the most superfluous gestures could show an underling obsession towards his desire of controlling and having power, which ultimately is a typical trait of Fascism. As Holmes (2006) explains, ‘we understand such fascist logic as a desire to order, hierarchize, control, repress, direct and impose limits.’ Furthermore, Paul Julian Smith (2007) points out how the Captain greets Carmen and Ofelia by saying ‘Bienvenidos’ and not ‘Bienvenidas’; using the masculine plural instead of the feminine thereby showing how he has