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

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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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Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror) See more »


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Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£329,009 (UK) (21 March 2008)

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£1,480,257 (UK) (11 April 2008)
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'Belen Rueda' was J.A. Bayona's first choice for the lead from the start. This was mainly after seeing her performance in Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside (2004). See more »

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Simon enters the basement from the same door as his mother, without using the door handle. He doesn't even rip the wallpaper. When his mother enters everything is untouched. See more »

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And I don't like horror movies...
15 October 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying I DON'T like horror movies. I don't enjoy jumping in my seat. I don't like being afraid of the dark for the next 2 days, and I usually HATE Spanish movies. So usually I only see the big horror classics, and that is because I've read enough spoilers to confront the movie in a laid-back way.

Having said this, I was dragged to see this movie against my will. And I was right! I have never, EVER, been more uneasy, uncomfortable on any movie, from the Exorcist to the Prophecy, from Psycho to Halloween. The story seems obvious; the cliché-horror themes are there, and while I saw them coming, I was comfortable enough. But then comes the movie, the script, the score, the acting, all in perfect harmony... and you jump, and you chill and you shout and you wish you had never entered that dammed cinema.

It is good. It is great.It is moving and horrifying. It does not need CGI, sound effects or unreal characters. Its there. Its real. Its haunting. It WILL be a classic.

Chapeau!


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