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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

Writers:

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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Can you keep a secret? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Canada | Germany

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, 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

Vera Farmiga said that the film was appealing in so many ways, but largely because she got "a paycheck, for once," and because she wanted to work with Peter Sarsgaard. See more »

Goofs

When Esther is introduced to her new class, she is holding a Nelson Spelling book. These books are not used in the United States, where the film is set; they are, however, used in Canada, where filming took place. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

After the end title sequence, the rest of the credits are, among other things, smeared and splattered with fluorescent paint, lipstick kisses, and Esther's violent artwork. A small heart is also painted next to "John" (Peter Sarsgaard) in the cast list. See more »

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References The Ring Two (2005) See more »

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Finally a GOOD HORROR FILM. Good film period.
25 July 2009 | by theboywhocouldflySee all my reviews

Finally, a horror film about adults. Adults with complex issues and children that act like children and not hyper precocious sex models. The reason to see this film isn't to find out the over advertised " Esther's secret" of the film (a MAJOR misstep in marketing. Too many people now enter the film trying to figure out the "secret" before they normally would have been surprised), but rather to see a well-acted (extremely well acted by Vera F.)slow-building suspense story with excellent direction and cinematography. John Ottman's score also serves the film well, without becoming overpowering in signaling this is a "creepy" film. The actress who plays Esther shows a skill in performance that makes one think we may actually have another Jodie Foster to keep an eye on. This film works because we LIKE the characters (Rob Zombie please take note!) and fear for them and their survival. Dark Castle's best film, and it gives one hope that the horror/suspense genre still can be presented with intelligence and depth. Hollywood take note: we don't want a xerox of this film, but we do want more films that share this films strenghts: good script, likable real characters, excellent acting and nice, tension building direction.


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