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The Orphanage (2007) More at IMDbPro »El orfanato (original title)

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The Orphanage -- The Orphanage centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring & reopening the abandoned facility as a place for disabled children.
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Writer:
Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 2008 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
34 wins & 37 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A satisfying thriller on one hand; an equally rich emotional journey on the other See more (303 total) »

Cast

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Belén Rueda ... Laura

Fernando Cayo ... Carlos

Roger Príncep ... Simón

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

Geraldine Chaplin ... Aurora
Enric Arquimbau ... Jefe Grupo Terapia
Blanca Martínez ... Mujer Grupo Terapia
Carol Suárez ... Benigna joven
Isabel Friera ... Antonia cuidadora
Fernando Marrot ... Doctor (as Fernando Marriot)
Jordi Cardus ... Niño ciego (as Jordi Cardús)
Pedro Morales ... Padre 2

Directed by
J.A. Bayona 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio G. Sánchez  screenplay

Produced by
Belén Atienza .... line producer
Álvaro Augustín .... producer
Guillermo del Toro .... executive producer
Sandra Hermida .... line producer
Elena Manrique .... line producer
Joaquín Padró .... producer
Mar Targarona .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fernando Velázquez 
 
Cinematography by
Oscar Faura  (as Óscar Faura)
 
Film Editing by
Elena Ruiz 
 
Casting by
Geli Albaladejo 
 
Production Design by
Josep Rosell 
 
Art Direction by
Iñigo Navarro 
 
Set Decoration by
Iñigo Navarro 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Reyes 
 
Makeup Department
Itziar Arrieta .... hair stylist
Lola López .... makeup artist
David Martí .... special makeup effects artist
Montse Ribé .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Laia Gómez .... production assistant
Marta Sánchez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mònica Farrés .... third assistant director
Menna Fité .... first assistant director
Rodrigo Lamoso .... third assistant director
Adrián López .... second unit director
Itati Moyano .... second assistant director
Manuel Pérez .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Pau Albin .... set dresser
Sol Caramilloni .... set decoration
Paula de la Fuente .... set designer
Blanca Francolí .... set designer
Joaquín Jara .... painter (as Joaquin Jara)
Carlos Grané .... props (uncredited)
Guy Pérez .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jordi Bosch .... sound effects editor
Juan Carlos Cid .... sound consultant: DTS
Manel López .... boom operator (dailies)
Virgilio Martínez .... mixing assistant
Xavier Mas .... dialogue editor (as Xavi Mas)
Xavier Mas .... sound recordist (as Xavi Mas)
Yvonne Miralles .... recording operator
Marc Orts .... sound mixer
Jaume Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Filippo Restelli .... boom operator
Jordi Ribas .... sound edit assistant (as Jordi Riba)
Oriol Tarragó .... sound designer
Oriol Tarragó .... sound post-production supervisor
Edgar Vidal .... sound effects designer
Kiku Vidal .... sound effects technician
 
Special Effects by
Xavi Bastida .... special effects makeup
Lluís Castells .... special effects
Anthony S. Ciccarelli .... special effects technician
Pau Costa .... special effects technician
Ismael Ferrer .... special effects makeup
Raquel Guirro .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX
Javier Jal .... special effects technician
Enric Masip .... special effects technician
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX
Joan Mosull .... special effects technician
Josep Olivé .... special effects technician
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup (as Pablo Perona)
Juan Serrano .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Jesús Luque .... visual effects
Quico Noizeux .... digital compositor
Sandra Picher .... visual effects coordinator
Lucas Pigliacampo .... digital artist
Lucas Pigliacampo .... digital compositor
Jordi San Agustín .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Marina de Mendialdúa .... stunts
Laura Dursi .... stunt double
Marian Elshove .... stunts
Sergio G. Sánchez .... stunt double
Desirée Guirao .... stunt double
Antonio Higueruelo .... stunt coordinator
Juan Antonio López .... stunts
Marta Vilajoana .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Víctor Bello .... still photographer
Eduardo Bonilla .... gaffer
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera
Beatriz Delgado .... assistant camera
Lucía Faraig .... still photographer
Javier González Leonardo .... key grip
Juan Carlos Gorriz .... first assistant camera
Javier Guerrero .... electrician
José Manuel Herrero .... underwater camera operator
Gris Jordana .... second unit: camera assistant
José Ángel Manrique .... grip
José Ángel Manrique .... key grip
Roger Martínez .... additional first assistant camera
Pablo Montesinos .... video assist
Xavier Méndez .... electrician
Ferran Rial .... still photographer
Bet Rourich .... cinematographer: second unit
Ramón Sánchez .... steadicam
Marc Vives .... electrician
Debora Witte .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Cristina Baeza .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adolfo Domínguez .... wardrobe: Fernando Cayo
Desirée Guirao .... costume assistant
Aurora Pedredo .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
Quique Cañadas .... digital intermediate colorist
Guillermo de la Cal .... first assistant editor
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... colorist: dailies
Marta Ramírez .... post-production coordinator
Laura Sánchez .... digital intermediate editor (as Laura Sanchez)
Marga Villalonga .... digital intermediate coordinator
Javier Ugarte .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Félix Divar .... musician: percussion
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Juan Antonio Ros .... music producer (as Juanan Ros)
 
Other crew
Glòria Blanes .... script supervisor
Núria Costa .... press
Raúl Díaz .... production assistant
Sergio G. Sánchez .... making-of
Goyo Gámez .... first production assistant
Laura Jou .... child acting coach
Rubén Lardín .... script supervisor
Kike Maíllo .... script supervisor
George Nicholis .... film publicist
Jaime Ortiz de Artiñano .... business affairs
Trini Solano .... press
Francesc Talavera .... making-of
Sonia Uría .... press
 
Thanks
Dolors Arena .... thanks
Inés Barber .... thanks
Ángeles Blanco .... thanks
Desirée de Fez .... thanks (as La Desi)
Christian Moyès .... thanks
Maribel Robles .... thanks
Lluís Segura .... thanks (as Lluis Segura)
Juanjo Sáez .... thanks
Pere Torrebadella .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El orfanato" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing content
Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The top grossing film in Spain in 2007, outperforming Shrek the Third (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the séance, as Aurora regresses into a trance, her arms slip off the arms of the chair on which she is sitting. The next shot of her, looking from the other direction, shows her arms still resting on the chair again.See more »
Quotes:
Laura:1, 2, 3. Toca la pared.See more »

FAQ

Is there going to be an English language remake like there have been with other foriegn horror films?
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91 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
A satisfying thriller on one hand; an equally rich emotional journey on the other, 8 December 2007
Author: nonsequitur247 from United States

I went into a screening of this today knowing only that it was about a woman who buys the home she lived in as an orphaned child, planning to open it to other orphans, that it mixed fantasy and reality, and that Guillermo del Toro of 'Pan's Labyrinth' had a hand in it. I didn't have any expectations. Even if I did, I certainly not have expected what I got. 'El Orfanato' surprised me first in successfully thrilling me with its surface, and surprised me again in how deeply it moved me with its core.

When Laura (the marvelous Belén Rueda) moves back into the house that used to be the orphanage she lived in as a girl, she is thirty-seven, married, and she and her husband have adopted a son - Simón, a little boy with HIV who doesn't know that he's terminally ill or adopted. Simón is wildly creative - he has several imaginary friends and a penchant for treasure hunts, mind games, and the story of Peter Pan. One day shortly after a mysterious visit from a social worker and Simón's revelation that he knows the truth about his adoption and illness, Simón disappears. The rest of the film follows Laura's desperate search for her son as she comes to terms with her loss and her own past as well.

Screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez does a masterful job of balancing the thriller with the drama. Laura's attempts to connect with everything that haunts her and her home are darkly touching, though slightly psychologically twisted. The acting is strong, and the directing, editing, cinematography, and music all work together well. Some of the sound effects - the constant creaking, wind blowing, etc. - got wearisome as the film went on, and some of the thrills were a little cheap - I won't ruin it for anyone by revealing them - though, admittedly, they were effective all the same. The story dragged a little towards the end and during the scene with the medium - cutting it just a little shorter might have been equally as effective and easier on the viewer.

Bottom line: even if you don't like "scary" movies (like me), you'll probably still appreciate and enjoy the more thrilling aspects. If you're a horror flick buff, you'll probably find some of the thriller elements a little tired and overdone. Either way, it's still worth seeing - the exploration of Laura's heart and mind are both lovely and tragic to behold, and though the film is morbid, it is beautiful as well.

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