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Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo


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Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staffSee more details below


Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage located by the Spanish seaside. Those were some of the happiest years of Laura's life, and now, 30 years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old son, Simon, to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. However, something ominous haunts the darkened hallways of this silent, stately manor. When Simon's behavior begins to grow increasingly bizarre and malicious, Laura and Carlos start to suspect that the mysterious surroundings have awoken something ominous in the young boy's imagination. It's not long before Laura, too, is drawn into this disturbing web and the repressed memories of the past come flooding back in a terrifying torrent of tension and deeply disturbing revelations. With opening day drawing near and their situation growing increasingly grim by the hour, Carlos attempts to write off Simon's bizarre behavior as a desperate bid to get more attention from his distracted parents. Laura isn't so easily convinced of this theory, though, and soon embarks on a desperate quest to unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house, waiting for just the right moment to inflict devastating damage on both her and her family.

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All Movie Guide
The Orphanage is an assured and promising feature debut from director Juan Antonio Bayona. Like executive producer Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, it's a classically gothic character-driven ghost story about a woman (Belén Rueda) who attempts to reopen the orphanage where she was raised and gets distracted after her son is abducted by the spirits of her childhood friends. Bayona builds on the premise by drawing on a wide variety of fantasy/horror sources, including Peter Pan, Halloween, and Poltergeist (in an entertaining séance scene with Geraldine Chaplin as the medium). His fondness for cheap but effective scares doesn't get in the way of screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez's smart plotting, which emphasizes psychological twists over supernatural explanations. The Orphanage doesn't break new ground in horror films, but Bayona and Sánchez take familiar ghost-story ingredients -- from the lighthouse on the shore to dank cellars, shacks, and caves -- and refresh them with skillful storytelling and a sharp entertainer's knack for pleasing an audience. The Orphanage was featured in the 45th New York Film Festival.

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New Line Home Video
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geraldine Chaplin Aurora
Belén Rueda Laura
Fernando Cayo Carlos
Roger Princep Simón
Mabel Rivera Pilar
Montserrat Carulla Benigna
Andres Gertrudix Enrique
Edgar Vivar Balaban
Oscar Casas Tomás
Mireia Renau Laura Girl
Georgina Avellaneda Rita
Carla Gordillo Martín
Alejandro Camps Victor
Carmen Lopez Alicia
Oscar Lara Guillermo
Enric Arquimbau Group Therapist
Blanca Martínez Woman in Group Therapy
Carol Suárez Young Benigna
Isabel Friera Antonia Nurse
Fernando Marriot Doctor
Jordi Cardus Blind Kid
Pedro Morales Father 2

Technical Credits
Juan Antonio Bayona Director
Geli Albaladejo Casting
Belen Atienza Producer
Alvaro Augustin Producer
Jordi San Augustín Screenwriter
Joaquín Augustín Producer
Xavi Bastida Makeup Special Effects
Albert Carreras Camera Operator
Montserrat Carulla Screenwriter
Fernando Cayo Screenwriter
Paula DeLaFuente Set Decoration/Design
Marina DeMendialdua Stunts
Oscar Faura Cinematographer
Ismael Ferrer Makeup Special Effects
Menna Fite Asst. Director
Blanca Francoli Set Decoration/Design
Andres Gertrudix Screenwriter
Guillermo del Toro Co-producer,Executive Producer
Raquel Guirro Makeup Special Effects
Asen Kanchev Production Manager
Lola Lopez Makeup
Elena Manrique Producer
David Marti Makeup Special Effects
Xavi Mas Sound/Sound Designer
Enric Masip Special Effects
Jordi Morera Makeup Special Effects
Marc Orts Sound Mixer
Joaquin Padro Producer
Josep Parera Translator
José Pérez Editor
Pablo Perona Makeup Special Effects
Roger Princep Screenwriter
Maria Reyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Montse Ribe Makeup Special Effects
Mabel Rivera Special Effects Supervisor
Josep Rosell Art Director
Belén Rueda Screenwriter
Elena Ruiz Editor
Sergio G. Sánchez Screenwriter
Marta Sánchez Production Manager
Juan Serrano Makeup Special Effects
Mar Targarona Producer
Oriol Tarrago Sound/Sound Designer
Fernando Velázquez Score Composer
Edgar Vivar Screenwriter
Cecilia Zamora Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Orphanage
1. The Orphanage [4:24]
2. Invisible Friends [4:40]
3. Hidden in the Cave [3:59]
4. Secrets From Simon [3:27]
5. Dark Visitant [3:01]
6. Wake Up, Not Grow Up [2:36]
7. Hunt for Treasure [5:17]
8. Newcomer's Masquerade [6:51]
9. Investigation and Clues [5:32]
10. Bereavement [3:27]
11. Benigna & Tomás [5:09]
12. "Two Little Kilos" [3:26]
13. Paranormal Assistance [2:54]
14. Regression [7:29]
15. Echoes and Theory [5:03]
16. Playing With Laura [4:35]
17. Ashes and Dust [2:57]
18. Too Many Memories [3:00]
19. The Home They Knew [4:37]
20. Childhood Games [3:28]
21. Beneath the Stairs [5:03]
22. With Open Eyes [4:46]
23. The Lost Children [5:42]
24. End Credits [4:10]

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