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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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Carlos
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Mabel Rivera ...
Pilar
Montserrat Carulla ...
Benigna
Andrés Gertrúdix ...
Enrique
Edgar Vivar ...
Prof. Leo Bálaban
Óscar Casas ...
Tomás
Mireia Renau ...
Laura niña
Georgina Avellaneda ...
Rita
Carla Gordillo ...
Martín
Alejandro Camps ...
Víctor
Carmen López ...
Alicia
Óscar Lara ...
Guillermo
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Aurora
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Storyline

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 »


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Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

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

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£1,480,257 (UK) (11 April 2008)
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To prepare for her role, J.A. Bayona had 'Belen Rueda' watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and The Innocents (1961). See more »

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In the film, we see the lighthouse shining directly on the orphanage. In reality, coastal lighthouses are shielded so their light does not shine on land. See more »

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Intelligent, scary, thrilling. moving
28 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Attended the first commercial screening of The Orphanage (El Orfanato) last night at FrightFest, London.

Juan Antonio Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sanchez have delivered something really special for their first feature.

I have never jumped out of my seat like I did last night, nor my partner, nor most of the audience it seemed. Apart from the terrific scares, there are solid performances from the whole cast, stunning cinematography, and the editing is flawless. If I had to criticise one element, it is that the music swells just a little too much a couple of times, but it is a good score nonetheless.

See this one at the cinema.


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