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The Orphanage

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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 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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

"When Laura Grew Up: Construction The Orphanage"; "Tomas' Secret Room (the Filmmakers)"; "Horror in the Unknown: Makeup Effects"; Still galleries; Rehearsal studio; Marketing campaign
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • UPC: 794043120794
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 22,311

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will leave you haunted

    I loved this movie. You can definitely see Guillermo del Toro's influence, as the ambience is very similar to that of Pan's Labyrinth. What I loved about this movie was its ability to scare you with pure suspense and presence, without having to resort to typical gore and violence like so many current films. One of the best movies I've seen recently.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best at subtle chills, tension

    I also had seen this movie in January 2008 when it was in limited release and it is every bit as good as all the reviews. This movie is in a class that only a few I can think of, 1961's classic "The Innocents", the 1980 spooky "The Changeling" and reminds me somewhat of 2001's "The Others". A drama wrapped in ghost story with more than enough chills, its spanish subtitled but it never gets in the way. Beautifully filmed on the northers Spain coast, it will stay with you long after you leave the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still haunted

    I saw this movie in January when it was still in theaters, and it's still "with me". It was the kind of movie that made you jump in your seat (from true suspense, not blood and gore). It was beautiful, in every sense of the word. A true masterpiece.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Before watching the film I was disappointed because I found out

    Before watching the film I was disappointed because I found out that is was in Spanish. You start to wonder how a scary can flow when having to read the subtitles. After watching it for about thirty minutes, I forgot that I was even reading sub titles because it was so intriguing. I began to focus more on the details in the movie than reading the words below. Many scary movies that I have seen lately hasn’t interest me at all, but this storyline did. It was not monsters popping out of closets or even ghost floating around. It was almost realistic to some factor. When you think of orphanages there is always some kind of weary feelings. Nothing happy or exciting comes to mind. The producer took that though and made it to a very well thought out film. Laura played her role very well. She was very believable and kept her viewers interested. The expense flowed well throughout the story. This film really reminded me of the film “The Others”, which is also a wicked scary story. Both films involve children who are trapped or have crossed over. Guillermo Del Toro produced this movie. He is a great producer. The plot of the film was very intriguing, and will keep you wondering what will happen next. The ending was the best part to me. I was a bit confused, so I did some research and found the true meaning. Any movie that has you talking out loud or even to screen is one worth watching. If you are looking for a suspense movie that will have you on the edge, then this would be a great movie for you. It every aspect you would want in a movie. It has suspense, horror, sadness, and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    The orphanage was a great movie in my opinion. Although the movi

    The orphanage was a great movie in my opinion. Although the movie was a Spanish movie and was in subtitles I thought that it was very interesting. I first watched the film in class for an assignment. Then after watching it in class, I just had to watch it once again. I felt that the movie had a lot of mystery which kept the audience at the edge of their seat. The orphanage was somewhat of puzzle where you had figure out certain things as well as use clues to find out what exactly is going to happen in the next scene. The movie starts off with a family who had just moved to a new house with their young son, Simon. As time had went on, within the movie Simon had started to befriend ghost. He kept expressing his thoughts to his mother about the ghosts that were appearing ,but she did not believe him. Simon then disappears one day from a party that was being held to reopen the orphanage. For months at a time the family had looked for Simon and could not find him. They also invited paranormal investigators to see if there were any negative spirits with in the house. After a while the father of Simon had gave up and the mother refused to leave her house. She was very determining to find Simon, and that she did. Using clues, she finally found Simon dead in the basement. Toward the end both her, Simon, and the rest of the orphanage kids decided to lay their souls at rest in heaven.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Produced by Guillermo del Toro, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona,

    Produced by Guillermo del Toro, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, and written by Sergio G. Sanchez, The Orphanage tells the story of Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger Príncep as their adopted son Simón. The plot centers on Laura, who returns to her childhood home, an orphanage. Laura plans to turn the house into a home for disabled children, but a problem arises when she and Carlos realize that Simón believes he has a masked friend named with whom he will run away. After an argument during a birthday party with Laura, Simón is found to be missing.In that moment, everything she and her son find inside the home threaten to turn her dreams into nightmares.
    Laura and Carlos’s contentment drowns the day Simon disappears. It happens shortly after his intensely devoted mother has a terrifying encounter with a menacing masked child. The facial camouflage is clumsily crafted from a swath of filthy burlap, adorned with button eyes, and a painted red smile that’s smuggled into a frown with what is presumably dirt and drool.It’s one of the scariest and saddest, disguises ever capture on film.
    Suspense is the signature stamp of The Orphanage. The characters are constantly peering around corners, staring into dark shadows, tearing away old wallpaper, and straining to make out mystery sounds. Unlike most modern-made-thrillers, The Orphanage fosters characters that are truly worth the investment, and at their core is a compelling mystery which will leave holding your breath till the final frame fades.

    Clearly I loved The Orphanage, but I did have a couple of problems with it. I still wrestle with a loose end or two, and I did not much care for the ending. But those are minor quibbles, The Orphanage is one of the best movies of the year, of any genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    The movie ¿The Orphan¿ is about a family who moved in an old hou

    The movie “The Orphan” is about a family who moved in an old house with their young son, Simon. The family discovered that the house was hunted by ghost. As time went on Simon interacted with the ghost, because not only could he see them, but they are children. However, there are two scenes in the movie that are about to be cut. These scenes are the most touching among the others; there forth they should be left in the movie.
    The first scene takes place with Simon’s mother finding him dead on the floor in what appear to be a basement. She had been looking for him for a very long time, but could not find him. After finding her son dead on the floor, she being to realize he had fallen to his death. At that point she starts screaming his name, because the pain of losing her son is too much. This scene should be left in the movie, because it shows emotions and it pulls it’s viewers into the agony of losing a child.
    The second scene is the last scene of the movie, when the mother of Simon commits suicide. She killed herself by over dosing on pills. While holding her son’s lifeless body she set down and wanted for the pills to take her life. When she closed her eyes and reopened them she was in another world. She could see her son Simon, and the other ghost child who was orphans once in that house. This scene should also be left in the movie, because it gives the movie a twist of love and sacrifice. Due to Simon’s mother giving up life to be with her son, she was able to mother all the orphans whose spirits was left in the house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    El Orfanato was a great film in my opinion. When I first heard o

    El Orfanato was a great film in my opinion. When I first heard of the film I immediately put it on my watch list after already seeing Guillermo Del Toro's work in Pan's Labyrinth. I personally enjoyed the suspense and the story line it kept a good flow throughout the entire movie. The story line was a bit like the one in "A Haunting in Connecticut', because of the sick child that could see the dead, but I still enjoyed it very much. From the begining it had me hooked, there is always a creepy feeling when it comes to orphanages, and this movie took it to the extreme, making it a perfect suspense film. I would definitely recommend this flick!

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    My favorite horror film

    Scary. Beautiful. Heart-felt. Heart-stopping. Everything you want in a horror film. My favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Makes you think...

    The Orphanage is a great Spanish film from the director of Pan's Labyrinth. The plot of the movie is extremely interesting and will keep you guessing throughout. Belen Rueda is great in her role and convinces you of her emotions as a mother who has lost her son. With plot turns and a few surprises, The Orphanage is a movie that won't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    Easily one of the best films I've seen in years. If you are into B-horror with violence and gore, this may be too tame for you. That said, the imagery is beautiful and dreamlike. The movie wraps up nicely in the last minutes, with some really unexpected surprises. Though one or two of them seem a little hokey, the overall conclusion is very very haunting. Just be sure I got all I could from it, I searched for message boards online reguarding the &quot clues&quot in the movie I may have missed, and that left me even more freaked out. One of those ones that you want to watch over again after you've seen the ending, to try to catch as much as you can along the way. I am quite shocked there were some negeative reviews on here (although, one of them was only because the movie was subtitled, so.... that one may be easily ignored).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    not as great as I expected and I did not realize the movie is SUBTITLED. I enjoy foreign films however, a subtitled thriller just did not work for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    Me and my friends went to see this when it was in the theaters cause we had heard a few good things and because Guillermo Del Toro produced it. This is one of those movies where you realize it really isn't that good halfway through but you continue to watch it out of hopes something will happen that will make it worth it. In the end, it really wasn't that worth it. There is one unintentionally hilarious scene involving a bus but thats about all we got from it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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