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The Orphanage (2007)

El orfanato (original title)
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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.

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... Laura
... Carlos
... Simón
... Pilar
... Benigna
... Enrique
... Prof. Leo Bálaban
... Tomás
Mireia Renau ... Laura niña
Georgina Avellaneda ... Rita
Carla Gordillo ... Martín
Alejandro Camps ... Víctor
Carmen López ... Alicia
Óscar Lara ... Guillermo
... Aurora
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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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Un cuento de amor. Una historia de terror (A tale of love. A story of horror) See more »


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Rated R for some disturbing content | See all certifications »

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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

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€3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€5,247,378 (Spain), 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,024, 30 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,161,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,252,330
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'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 »

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Simon enters the basement from the same door as his mother, without using the door handle. He doesn't even rip the wallpaper. When his mother enters everything is untouched. See more »

Quotes

Simón: [while reading Peter Pan] Wendy grows old and dies?
Laura: Wendy grows old, but Peter Pan takes her daughter to Neverland every year.
Simón: Why doesn't Wendy go, too? If Peter Pan came to get me, would you come, too?
Laura: No. I'm too old to go to Neverland, darling.
Simón: How old are you?
Laura: Thirty-seven.
Simón: At what age will you die?
Laura: What sort of question is that? Not for a long time, until you're very old.
Simón: I won't grow old. I'm not going to grow up.
Laura: Will you be like Peter Pan?
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Pieces of wallpaper are peeled off to reveal each of the opening credits. See more »

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The House, The Beach and The Lost Child - A Creepy Ghost Story
11 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

The former orphan Laura (Belén Rueda) raises her adopted son Simón (Roger Príncep) with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. Simón is HIV positive and tells Laura that he has five invisible friends, and she believes they are fruit of his imagination. Laura decides to reopen an orphanage for handicapped children in the location and during the opening party, Simón calls her to show the little cabin of his friend Tomás. The busy Laura does not gives much attention to her son; then she sees a mysterious masked boy and Simón vanishes. Laura feels the presence of other persons in the house and months later, the desperate Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.

"El Orfanato" is a creepy and spooky ghost story with a dark and very sad atmosphere. The screenplay, direction, acting and cinematography are great, disclosing a dramatic and sensitive plot that explores the disappearance of a young boy with touches of supernatural in the despair of his mother. However, the explanation of the mystery in the end makes this sensitive movie actually a drama, and not horror genre, and maybe that is the reason why some viewers have written bad reviews (or maybe they have not understood the plot). My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Orfanato" ("The Orphanage")

Note: On 25 January 2015 I saw this movie again on Blu-Ray.


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