The Orphanage

January 11th, 2008


The Orphanage

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Belén Rueda and Juan Antonio Bayona in The OrphanageStill of Geraldine Chaplin in The OrphanageGuillermo del Toro at event of The OrphanageBelén Rueda in The OrphanageThe OrphanageThe Orphanage

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.6/10 (59,843 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep

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.

Belén Rueda - Laura
Fernando Cayo - Carlos
Roger Príncep - Simón
Mabel Rivera - Pilar
Montserrat Carulla - Benigna
Andrés Gertrúdix - Enrique
Edgar Vivar - Prof. Leo Bálaban
Óscar Casas - Tomás
Mireia Renau - Laura niña
Georgina Avellaneda - Rita
Carla Gordillo - Martín
Alejandro Camps - Víctor
Carmen López - Alicia
Óscar Lara - Guillermo
Geraldine Chaplin - Aurora

Taglines: No secret stays locked away forever


Official Website: Official site [Spain] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 11 January 2008

Filming Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Opening Weekend: €5,247,378 (Spain) (14 October 2007) (350 Screens)

Gross: $7,159,147 (USA) (6 April 2008)

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Did You Know?

Spain's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Pilar describes the old cine film that Laura views as 8mm, but when we see the projector, the film is actually 16mm.

User Review

And I don't like horror movies...

Rating: 10/10

Let me begin by saying I DON'T like horror movies. I don't enjoy jumping in my seat. I don't like being afraid of the dark for the next 2 days, and I usually HATE Spanish movies. So usually I only see the big horror classics, and that is because I've read enough spoilers to confront the movie in a laid-back way.

Having said this, I was dragged to see this movie against my will. And I was right! I have never, EVER, been more uneasy, uncomfortable on any movie, from the Exorcist to the Prophecy, from Psycho to Halloween. The story seems obvious; the cliché-horror themes are there, and while I saw them coming, I was comfortable enough. But then comes the movie, the script, the score, the acting, all in perfect harmony... and you jump, and you chill and you shout and you wish you had never entered that dammed cinema.

It is good. It is great.It is moving and horrifying. It does not need CGI, sound effects or unreal characters. Its there. Its real. Its haunting. It WILL be a classic.



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