• The Orphanage (2007)

The Orphanage

Release Date: December 28th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2008

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: Juan Antonio Bayona

Genres: Mystery , Horror , Drama , Thriller

Production Co: Telecinco Cinema, Rodar y Rodar Cine y Television

Distributors: Picturehouse

Keywords: 2000s , Mystery , Mother , Love , Husband , Rescue , Emotional , Marriage , Suspenseful , Son

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Richard James HavisThe Hollywood Reporter

    This Spanish supernatural thriller begins interestingly and finishes intriguingly. But what lies between drags because the film lacks a driving story line. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Bayona's moves are deft, the atmosphere oozes with anxiety and grief, but the big payoff - like the big payoff in The Sixth Sense, another film The Orphanage has more than a bit in common with - never comes. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

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Winner Best Art Direction
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best Sound
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best Original Screenplay
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best New Director
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best Production Supervision
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best Special Effects
Los Premios Goya (2008)
Winner Best Makeup and Hairstyles
Los Premios Goya (2008)