One word. Amazing.
The story of a young girl during 1944 in Facist Spain, this movie is a stunning work of art and an accessible moving film. The fairytale world is creepy, but the human world of "Il Captain" is even more frightening. Sergi Lopez, whom I've seen mostly in French films, plays a brutal man. Some of the movie is tough to watch and it is def. not for young children.
One of the producers is Alfonso Cuaron, who directed the incredible CHILDREN OF MEN. It is outrageous neither one of these two brillant filmmakers were nominated for a Director's Guild Award.