Thursday, November 08, 2012
The Devil's Backbone
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this film takes place in Spain, during the final months of the Spanish Civil War. Carlos, whose father died in the war, is left at an orphanage by his tutor/caretaker. Interestingly, there is a bomb that landed right smack in the middle of the courtyard of this little villa, which has since been defused. I mention the bomb because the night that the bomb landed a boy named Santi disappeared, this happened some time before Carlos’ arrival. The ghost of Santi has been seen by many and Carlos spots him in the kitchen on his first night there. Dr. Casares and his wife Carmen run the orphanage but there are some shady things going on. The good doctor is impotent so his wife seeks the comfort of Jacinto, a former orphan who now works at the orphanage. Jacinto is a real prick; he is only hooking up with Carmen so he can get hold of the key to the safe, he hopes to run off with all their gold. Jaime, another orphan, tells Carlos that he saw Santi murdered by Jacinto but has kept silent for fear of his own life. Santi has an axe to grind and he is set on revenge, it’s up to the boys to help him.