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House of Voices

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House of Voices tells the chilling story of a woman who discovers the frightening secrets of an abandoned orphanage. Starring Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach), this film brings a terrifying new look at ghost stories, with a twist ending that is sure to shock you!

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    • Actors: Virginie Ledoyen, Lou Doillon, Catriona MacColl, Dorina Lazar, Marie Herry
    • Directors: Pascal Laugier
    • Writers: Pascal Laugier
    • Producers: Richard Grandpierre, Christophe Gans
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
    • Run Time: 100 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000ASATY4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "House of Voices" on IMDb

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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Swederunner on November 12, 2005
    Format: DVD
    House of Voices original title Saint Ange refers to an orphanage in the French Alps in the year 1958. The orphanage, once full of children, prepares for the final move out, after a mysterious and terrible accident where a child slipped and fell in the bathroom, which the audience bears witness to in the opening. The protagonist Anna (Virginie Ledoyen) arrives amidst the chaotic scurrying in and out of the large building, as she is the only one carrying stuff inside. It almost feels like the rats are abandoning the ship while Anna is the only one who decides to stay, which immediately suggests that something is not right with the situation.

    The camerawork enhances the eerie atmosphere with its cool bluish tint, which brings out the coolness and detached mood that the place emits. In addition, the peculiar camera angles elevate the weird feeling of the place. The abandoned orphanage almost produces a similar tension that Shining (1980) radiates where the husband decides to spend the winter with his family in a remote hotel, as a caretaker. In this story, Anna stays as the assistant to the caretaker, as she attempts to deal with her pregnancy. The parallels are strikingly similar, yet it does not come close to Kubrick's brilliant version of Stephen King's novel.

    Not to give anything away, but there is something spooky about the orphanage (duh!), which the initial bathroom scene obviously portrays. The creepy atmosphere lingers throughout the film while some scenes have intensified moments of eeriness such as when Anna discovers old files of children in a forsaken part of the orphanage grounds and her nightmares, which will have the audience leaping out of their seats.
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David M. Rossi on January 11, 2006
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    House of Voices is an extremely atmospheric thriller that relies heavily on it's characters to propel it along. It also has something else so lacking in today's movies: Style. No matter how you slice it, many of the best horror films from any era ooze style in their presentation and that is what makes them so memorable. Our main character is a girl trying to hide her pregnancy at a home for orphans. Not having come to terms with this pregnancy, she begins to experience dreams and visions, as well as the occasional visit of ghostly children even while she is fully awake. The scenes with the ghost kids are always brief, and some kind of surprising action usually comes of it. The finale is downright eerie as we finally get to see what the children were trying to lead her to. We are led through a section of the orphanage that apparently originally served as some sort of hospital, and the terror is so effective in it's brightly lit, perfectly sterile appearing environment which is visible in this form only to the girl. The last scene will definitely stay with you as it is both creepy and extremely unsettling. If you are tired of the same old thing that's been done over and over again in horror and psychological thrillers, check out House of Voices. I doubt you will be diaappointed.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By maskedgamer on October 17, 2012
    Format: DVD
    ***Spoilers**** Trust me it's the only way to explain this movie.

    House of Voices is a more of a mystery/horror type of film. The back setting takes place in an old orphanage to which you see in the beginning something is very wrong in it. When the movie starts a young woman named Anna is just arriving at her new job as a caretaker. Anna as well as the orphanage she now works in both are holding their own secrets. There are several characters in this movie. Anna the young caretaker, Judith who is one of the children from the orphanage that stayed there till adulthood, The old Maid, The Director, and her worker, and The young orphanage girl. When Ana first arrives she runs into The young orphanage girl who gives her a hint that something is not right there. Anna later meets Judith who is mentally unstable and the old maid that acts sort of as a mother to them both by looking after them and giving them advice.

    Throughout the Movie Anna seems very suspicious of the orphanage as she goes exploring and snooping around the house finding things the director does not want her to find. The weak part of the movie is that the story doesn't really explain just why she is doing these things. You don't see her having much interaction with the ghost to be given a reason to be compelled enough to look and search the house. It seems for the earlier parts of the movie that Anna is just a detective mysteriously finding clues until after these events that she tells the old maid she hears things and the old maid tells her not to stir things up because it will spook Judith who says the same crazy things. Anna not listening to the maid goes and confronts Judith about what she has heard and the two of them begin to bond.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lostgirl on December 2, 2010
    Format: DVD
    First of all the original title of this film is "Sainte Ange". The US title is House of Voices but that's an amazingly stupid title since it has nothing to do with the film at all. But what's in a name? The film itself was an overall enjoyable experience with some really well done elements. Not perfect by any means but a solid effort in the vein of The Others, The Devil's Backbone, The Orphanage, Turn of the Screw etc.

    The movie takes place in 1958 in an orphanage in France. The building is old, creepy, and not fully up to safety code, and when a young boy dies (seemingly as a result of the poor safety precautions) the children are moved elsewhere and the building is shut down until funds are available to fix it up. Staying on in the meantime is the cook, Helenka, the handyman, and Judith (Lou Dillon) a grown orphan with some sort of mental problems who is in Helenka's care. Our heroine, Anna (Virginie Ledoyen), arrives to be the housekeeper of this odd little household. Anna is pregnant as the result of a rape (the details of which are only suggested) and doesn't want the baby. The job offers her an opportunity to retreat for the duration of her pregnancy and a place to give birth in private. Taking notice of some odd occurrences at St. Ange, Anna becomes obsessed with the idea that there is a paranormal source that somehow relates to events that Judith may have witnessed at Saint Ange during the war.

    Of course on top of all this Anna has her own issues. She's recovering psychologically from her rape and her pregnancy disgusts her. She is reckless with her health and safety, perhaps in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. This is never actually said: we see her body covered in bruises, from several falls, but we're never told if they're intentional.
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