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R| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary
Laura (Belén Rueda) has happy memories of her childhood in an orphanage. She convinces her husband to buy the place and help her convert it into a home for sick children. One day, her own adopted son, Simón (Roger Príncep), disappears. Simon is critically ill, and when he is still missing several months later, he is presumed dead. Grief-stricken Laura believes she hears spirits, who may or may not be trying to help her find the boy.

Cast: Belén Rueda , Fernando Cayo , Geraldine Chaplin , Montserrat Carulla , Mabel Rivera , Andrés Gertrúdix , Roger Príncep , Edgar Vivar

Director: J.A. Bayona

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror

Distributor: Picturehouse

The Orphanage (2007)

Release Date: January 11th, 2008|1 hr. 45 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 17 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though the movie has a handful of shots that are downright gross to witness, what makes The Orphanage scary is not what it threatens to show but what it suggests about life. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    In a season filled with dark-themed films, it stands out as an elegantly mounted, surprisingly humane but terrifying horror thriller well worth seeing. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    You may see The Orphanage for what it is, an enjoyable contraption, without believing a bit of it. show more

  • May 22, 2008 psorjuanaines
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    Stupid and careless mother!!!.

  • May 22, 2008 pj323jp
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    I'm not surprised that foreign language films don't advertise that they are dubbed or have English subtitles but why don't critics make that distinction for us in the first paragraph of their reviews? I REALLY dislike reading subtitles while trying to appreciate the more subtle emotions on the faces of the actors. If I want to read dialog, I'll buy the book. From now on I'm going to ask for my money back when the film is subtitled and there is no indication of that fact prior to purchasing a ticket.

  • May 22, 2008 yetjean
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    I knew this movie was scary before I went to see it. My brother likes these types of movies, I don't. But this movie made me think of how Alfred ********* built up the suspense---filming the actors overhead, through the stairways, from down the hall. I must admit, after S?mon disappeared, I watched this movie through my fingers. The Spanish was a little hard to follow (Spanish from Spain, they speak soooo fast) but I prefered the Spanish to having the movied dubbed in English. The original language made you really feel the emotions the characters were feeling. I hope to buy it when it comes out on DVD.

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