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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 (Bel?n Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children.
The Orphanage -- This is the U.S. theatrical trailer for The Orphanage, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.
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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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34 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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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
James A. Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
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
Lucía Faraig .... still photographer (as Llúcia Faraig)
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:
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 »
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 »

FAQ

Is there going to be an English language remake like there have been with other foriegn horror films?
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161 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
The Orphanage Movie Review, 28 November 2007
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com

Bone chilling terrors with a hint of the fantastic await audiences who dare to enter The Orphanage. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, The Orphanage continues the tradition the filmmaker started with films like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, by showing the darker sides of humanity through frightening fantasies. In many ways Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has applied Del Toro's own winning formula to The Orphanage and has made the most flawless film of this lineage.

Moving back to the orphanage where she grew up, Laura and her husband Carlos plan to reopen the property as a home for mentally handicapped children. The gorgeous old house seems too good to be true, and it is. Her son Simon starts telling his parents of an "imaginary" friend, Tomas. Ignoring Simon's claims as merely childhood banter, the parents continue in their work, readying the house. Supernatural disturbances and a maniacal old woman start to disturb the family, resulting in the sudden and traumatic disappearance of Simon. Desperate and panicked, both Laura and Carlos must look within themselves, and confront the beings that haunt the orphanage, if they are ever to see their son again.

A commentary on faith and love, Bayona uses the thrills and troubling chills of The Orphanage to create a powerful message. Using the disappearance of Simon as the catalyst for showing the devotion of a mother's love, Laura plays a stark contrast to her husband's practical interpretation of their harrowing situation. While Carlos would rather believe that there is a logical answer to unlocking this mystery, Laura explores more otherworldly options.

Her knowledge of the orphanage and the solitary pain that her missing child must be going through makes her a prime vessel to confront the ghastly creatures from beyond, and answer the dark questions that De Toro and Bayona dare to ask. Like last year's Oscar front runner, Pan's Labyrinth, Bayona mixes a bit of the fantastical into The Orphanage. Allusions to legendary fables, such as the overt Peter Pan reference, combined with the staple fantasy images, help The Orphanage rise above the average horror romp.

With only the faintest bit of gore, The Orphanage accomplishes its scares methodically, using the somber atmosphere to give audiences goosebumps. The creaky old mansion appears far more menacing at night, and Bayona makes use of incredible sound mixing to keep viewers on edge as the protagonist explores the dark unknown.

Pairing the producer's innate knowledge of the cinematic language of horror with the raw and untested talents of a first time director paid off brilliantly. There is a sense of restraint when it comes to the scares in The Orphanage that many veteran filmmakers have failed to approach. Bayona lets the frights build subconsciously, making each one far more effective when unleashed. In fact, few cinematic moments rival The Orphanage for sheer terror as when Laura turns to a group of ghost hunters to help solve their specter problem.

Helping to increase the tense atmosphere is stellar production design and gorgeous cinematography. While there may be no fauns or pale men lurking in The Orphanage, the design of Tomas alone is sure to give off its fair share of shivers. Belen Rueda is equally stunning in her performance as Laura. The actress lends credibility to the phantasmagorical happenings, capturing our sympathy as a fully rounded character. We follow her as a mother and a victim, and we can only pray that her faith will reunite her with Simon.

Heading to American shores nearly one year after the stunning domestic success of Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage should appeal to an equally wide audience. While longtime, art house, Del Toro fiends will certainly be please with the dramatic arc of the picture, the strong horror element and shocking ending should make the film easily translatable for all viewers, despite the language barrier. One thing is for sure, with The Orphanage we have adopted another truly talented Spanish filmmaker, and Juan Antonio Bayona is a director to watch.

-Joe Russo

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