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.

Director:

J.A. Bayona

Writer:

Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belén Rueda ... Laura
Fernando Cayo ... Carlos
Roger Príncep ... Simón
Mabel Rivera ... Pilar
Montserrat Carulla ... Benigna
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Enrique
Edgar Vivar ... Bálaban
Óscar Casas ... Tomás (as Oscar Casas)
Mireia Renau Mireia Renau ... Laura Niña
Georgina Avellaneda Georgina Avellaneda ... Rita
Carla Gordillo Carla Gordillo ... Martín
Alejandro Camps Alejandro Camps ... Víctor
Carmen López Carmen López ... Alicia
Óscar Lara Óscar Lara ... Guillermo (as Oscar Lara)
Geraldine Chaplin ... Aurora
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Storyline

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Czech: Mrtvé deti si chtejí hrát (Dead children want to play) See more »


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Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

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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

(at around 1h 27 mins) Simón enters the basement from the same door as his mother. It may appear the door was held closed by the wallpaper, and it would have been necessary to rip it apart in order to open the door but, if seen carefully, the wallpaper was tidily cut at the door's edges so it could work normally. Laura tears a bit of the wallpaper, but only for her search purposes. See more »

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Laura: 1, 2, 3. Toca la pared.
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Crazy Credits

Pieces of wallpaper are peeled off to reveal each of the opening credits. See more »

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And I don't like horror movies...
15 October 2007 | by fmagnetSee all my reviews

Let me begin by saying I DON'T like horror movies. I don't enjoy jumping in my seat. I don't like being afraid of the dark for the next 2 days, and I usually HATE Spanish movies. So usually I only see the big horror classics, and that is because I've read enough spoilers to confront the movie in a laid-back way.

Having said this, I was dragged to see this movie against my will. And I was right! I have never, EVER, been more uneasy, uncomfortable on any movie, from the Exorcist to the Prophecy, from Psycho to Halloween. The story seems obvious; the cliché-horror themes are there, and while I saw them coming, I was comfortable enough. But then comes the movie, the script, the score, the acting, all in perfect harmony... and you jump, and you chill and you shout and you wish you had never entered that dammed cinema.

It is good. It is great.It is moving and horrifying. It does not need CGI, sound effects or unreal characters. Its there. Its real. Its haunting. It WILL be a classic.

Chapeau!


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Country:

Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Orphanage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$233,323, 30 December 2007

Gross USA:

$7,161,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,638,987
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2.39 : 1
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