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Orphan (2009)

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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.



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Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage. Kate had a drinking problem, but is in therapy and is doing well. She has been sober for one year. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Russian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf daughter, little Max, is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings, and the wounds in their marriage reopen. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther's past and discovers she is not all she pretends to be. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Das Böse hat ein neues zuhause. (Evil has a new home.) [Germany] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Orphan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,871,483 (USA) (24 July 2009)


$41,573,740 (USA) (2 October 2009)

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Vera Farmiga said that the film was appealing in so many ways, but largely because she got "a pay cheque, for once", and because she wanted to work with Peter Sarsgaard. See more »


When the Estonian doctor looks through the file of Esther, all sections are in English. Also you can see as title "City of Woodchester, England - Department of psychiatry" See more »


[first lines]
John Coleman: Hang on. I know. You're doin' so good. You're doin' so good, honey. You all right?
Kate Coleman: Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

The opening production logos are against black, and are intermittently shown covered with fluorescent paint, as if under a flickering black light. See more »


83 Folk Theme
Written by Normand Corbeil
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Simply A Good Thriller
24 July 2009 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I had been reading a lot about this film. Internet rumors made "Orphan" sound depraved. Advocacy groups protested that the film is offensive to adoption. "Orphan" is neither depraved nor offensive if you watch it as a thriller.

The plot development and character development are on the same level as most Hitchcock films. Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are excellent as the parents. The three child actors also do a good job. Expert direction by Jaume Collet-Serra and first-rate production values also make this film worth seeing.

"Orphan" is not a film where you can take your children. However, it is a decent film if you approach it as a thriller.

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