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Director:
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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Wonderfully crafted ghost story. See more (294 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
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup (as Pablo Perona)
Josep Olivé .... special effects technician
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
Llúcia 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
'Sergio G. Sanchez' originally wanted to direct his own screenplay but soon found that no Spanish production company would let an untried director helm such a major project.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »

FAQ

Is there going to be an English language remake like there have been with other foriegn horror films?
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47 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully crafted ghost story., 14 April 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Laura returns with her family to the orphanage she grew up in as a child, she reopens it for handicapped children and all is going to plan until her son starts communicating with an invisible friend.......

Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona & produced by Guillermo del Toro, this Spanish picture is a delightful antidote to the ream of gore for gore sake movies flooding the market on a seemingly daily basis. This is not a horror movie as such, this is one of those pictures that oozes old fashioned values as regards telling a grand old ghost story with mysterious undertones. The setting is perfect, the orphanage of the piece is a ghostly monolithic structure that has all those perfectly shadowy rooms that are hiding secrets, expansive gardens perfectly framed in aura by Bayona's willingness to let the setting be an integral part of the story. The story is a creepy one, and there is always an added air of unease when children are the focal point of the piece in question, and sure enough this central concept of troubled children and troubled childhoods gets the maximum amount of emotion from the viewing public.

It's hard to write anymore than I have without delving deeper into the story and it's significant turn of events, suffice to say I feel this is a wonderful creepy, and at times beautiful, film that prospective viewers would be better off going into devoid of any prior knowledge. Belén Rueda plays Laura and it's a marvellous performance from her, full of emotion and guts, she carries the film with skillful ease. Bayona directs carefully, and it's evident that he is benefiting from the guiding hands of his gifted producer, but his marker is here and I'll be keeping an eye out for future efforts from the young Spaniard.

A smashingly engaging film that is in the vein of Robert Wise's The Haunting & Alejandro Amenábar's The Others, so if you like real well told ghost stories that unhinge rather than shock you, get in the queue because El Orfanato is a real pleasure. 9/10

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