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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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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 the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young 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 disturbed. 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 claims 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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24 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

When Kate is writing and playing music on her piano, she is actually composing a suite for Max and Jessica. This scene was originally longer, and Vera Farmiga, herself a skilled pianist, was reportedly furious at director Jaume Collet-Serra for editing it down. She hoped the full scene would be included on the DVD (it was not). See more »

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When the Estonian doctor looks through the file of Esther, all sections are in English. Also you can see as title "City of Woodchester, England - Department of psychiatry" 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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Referenced in Home Bound (2014) See more »

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Les Saisons
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Mario Feninger
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Finally a GOOD HORROR FILM. Good film period.
25 July 2009 | by See 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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