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

Director:

Jaume Collet-Serra

Writers:

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay) (as David Leslie Johnson), Alex Mace (story)
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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 ... Detective
Genelle Williams ... Sister Judith
Mustafa Abdelkarim Mustafa Abdelkarim ... Daniel's Friend
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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There's something wrong with Esther. See more »


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

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In earlier drafts of the script, the song Esther sings and hums throughout is "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" by Doris Day. In the film, the song used instead is "The Glory of Love." See more »

Goofs

When Kate is talking to Grandma Barbara in the kitchen about her drinking problem, she starts to eat a bit of the cake on a plate by the sink with a fork. However, every time you see the cake as the scene progresses, the amount of it left and the positioning of it is different. 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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Soundtracks

Re-Education (Through Labor)
Written by Brandon Barnes, Zach Blair (as Zachariah Blair), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy Mcilwraith) and Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe)
Performed by Rise Against
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Worst husband ever!
14 November 2018 | by chirag-saxenaSee all my reviews

The movie is overall good but the husband in this movie is stupid


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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Orphan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,871,483, 26 July 2009

Gross USA:

$41,596,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,912,251
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1.85 : 1
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