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The Orphanage (2007)
"El orfanato" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  11 January 2008 (USA)
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mabel Rivera ...
Montserrat Carulla ...
Andrés Gertrúdix ...
Edgar Vivar ...
Prof. Leo Bálaban
Óscar Casas ...
Mireia Renau ...
Laura niña
Georgina Avellaneda ...
Carla Gordillo ...
Alejandro Camps ...
Carmen López ...
Óscar Lara ...


Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Och barnen fortsätter att leka... (And the children continues their game, the children continues to play) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$338,024 (USA) (28 December 2007)


£1,480,257 (UK) (11 April 2008)

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Spain's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »


After Laura is in the shed outside the house and she finds Benigna with a shovel hiding, and after Laura then tells Carlos to come down and check again with her, Carlos' torch shines onto the camera several times, and the reflection of the camera and the torch is in the background on the window. See more »

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absolutely incredible
29 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Frightfest and its AMAZING, did the previous reviewer even see it? No real shocks!!, I've never seen a cinema jump like the audience at Frightfest for this film. I'm kind of tempted to name the shocks but I wont. Its such a stunningly made film, creepy, atmospheric, shocking, great story, beautifully directed, the main woman is incredible. I was never really sure if it was supernatural or psychological, but as it, its excellent. Its so well done I cant write more without giving stuff away, but go and see it. I was expecting a low rent " pan's Labyrinth " but I think it might be even better than PL, though very different. Best film i've seen in ages

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