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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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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 was nominated for the 2009 Fright Meter Award for Best Actress for her performance. See more »


After the dramatic face-off between Esther and Kate in the icy pond, Esther advances out from under the water, begging Kate to save her and is holding her knife behind her back. However, when Kate kicks Esther back into the pond, the knife disappears from view. 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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Excellet Horror Thriller
26 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not seen a decent horror film in a long time, but this one is definitely worth the money. Be sure to use the restrooms before the start of the movie, as it is very riveting and suspenseful. Except for one sex scene between the husband and wife, this film can be viewed by mature children accompanied by an adult. It is very well written, and well-balanced. Personally I found this film very entertaining, suspenseful, and the plot cleverly written. Without getting into too much detail and ruining it for everyone else, this movie is in a category in which the story could become true in the future. Isabel Furhman did a great job starring as an orphan adopted by a couple who was looking to fill a void in the family due to an earlier tragedy. Her ability to manipulate her siblings as well as her adoptive father, thoroughly frustrates the mother. As the movie progresses, her manipulative abilities become more apparent and deadly. This is a must-see movie and I said money well spent.

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