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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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Jaume Collet-Serra

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David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay) (as David Leslie Johnson), Alex Mace (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Kate
Peter Sarsgaard ... John
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Esther
CCH Pounder ... Sister Abigail
Jimmy Bennett ... Daniel
Margo Martindale ... Dr. Browning
Karel Roden ... Dr. Varava
Aryana Engineer ... Max
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Grandma Barbara
Jamie Young Jamie Young ... Brenda
Lorry Ayers ... Joyce
Brendan Wall Brendan Wall ... Detective
Genelle Williams ... Sister Judith
Mustafa Abdelkarim Mustafa Abdelkarim ... Daniel's Friend
Landon Norris Landon Norris ... Daniel's Friend
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Storyline

Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet 9-year-old Esther at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their son, Daniel is hostile to his new sister, but their deaf mute daughter, Max is enchanted with her - at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically damaged. John refuses to listen to his wife's misgivings. 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 what she seems to be. Written by lisakoffler1967@gmail.com

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

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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,871,483, 26 July 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,596,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,769,428
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

CCH Pounder (Sister Abigail) and Genelle Williams (Sister Judith) also appeared together on the TV show Warehouse 13 (2009). See more »

Goofs

Early in the film Kate is startled when she closes a mirrored, sliding cabinet door and sees John standing behind her and to the right. Kate is facing the mirror more or less straight on whereas the camera is on an angle relative to the mirror. She should have been able to see John before closing the cabinet door. See more »

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[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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Re-Education (Through Labor)
Written by Brandon Barnes, Zach Blair (as Zachariah Blair), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy Mcilwraith) and Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe)
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One word - Impressive
25 July 2009 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

Every once in a while a film seems destined to slip under the radar either by poor promotion or a trailer that makes the viewer go "meh". Orphan is one of those flicks that, while benefiting from a decent studio push, simply didn't impart any compelling reason to check it out based on the trailer, which is too bad because this is actually one tight little thriller.

Directed by Spain's Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it tells the story of Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a 9-year old Russian orphan who is adopted by Kate and John Coleman (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard) , a decision motivated in part by the stillborn birth of their third child.

An oddball from the start, Esther at first charms the Colemans with her personality, artistic flair, and independence, however it's apparent that there's more going on with Esther than meets the eye. She quickly forms a bond with Max (Aryana Engineer), the couple's deaf daughter, by learning sign language, but is resented by their son Daniel (Jimmy Bennett) who views her with contempt. All of which forms a basis for familial tension, further compounded by the skeletons of Kate's history of alcoholism and John's past infidelity.

Telling a surprisingly layered story that strays into uncomfortable territory given how it deals with children in peril, the shiniest gem in this entertaining nugget is that of Isabelle Fuhrman, upon whose performance the movie succeeds or fails. While acting is uniformly top notch throughout, Fuhrman spectacularly establishes herself as one of the most remarkable young talents currently working in cinema, and that's a statement not to be taken lightly. This 12-year-old, who had only one prior film credit on her resume, simply blazes her way across the screen in a performance that ranges from sweet to seductive to psychotic. This is her movie and she makes the most of it, and if she doesn't mature into one of Hollywood's premier stars, I'll be most surprised.

Orphan won't win any awards (despite Fuhrman's impressive performance) and might well get passed over by many based on the trailer, all of which is too bad because this is one stray that movie audiences would do well to adopt.


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