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House of Voices (2005)

Virginie Ledoyen , Lou Doillon , Pascal Laugier  |  R |  DVD
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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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ASATY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House of Voices" on IMDb

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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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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospherically Frightening Tale That Falls Short... November 12, 2005
    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
    5.0 out of 5 stars very impressive 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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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Move but lacked direction. October 17, 2012
    ***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
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting suspense film
    I liked the film because it played out a disturbing situation and the young woman's curiosity that eventually leads to her death. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by William P. MacMonagle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A very enjoyable, but different kind of movie.
    Published 1 month ago by JRCriton
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Review: House of Voices/Saint Ange
    Not much of a horror movie but should be classified as "mystery" and "psychological thriller". The movie and story itself is okay and can be interpreted in different ways. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by thomascgty
    5.0 out of 5 stars Window to the 5th dimens
    It's a great movie i first saw on Netflix & i saw the need to watch it more than once. The climax of the movie blew me away to the point of nostalgic ecstasy which i am sure... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Marzique
    2.0 out of 5 stars All sheet, no ghost...
    This lavish-looking French production, while it does provide simmering atmosphere by the kettle-full, falls well short in the story department, substituting fill-in-the-blank... Read more
    Published on October 19, 2012 by Brian
    4.0 out of 5 stars house of voices
    In this movie a girl comes to live there, and she was hiding her belly so no one would see that she was pregnant. after having the baby she hears voices talking to her.
    Published on August 7, 2012 by big guy
    3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting predecessor to Martyrs... just make sure you get the...
    I'll preface this review with a notice for those who care about watching films in the original language: this DVD is presented in English and not French. Read more
    Published on June 1, 2012 by Phillip Frangules
    3.0 out of 5 stars Product Notes, Unrelated to Art
    As a fan of Martyrs, director Pascal Laugier's follow-up to St. Ange (which, if you didn't see it in other reviews here, was the original, more appropriate title to House of... Read more
    Published on March 1, 2012 by David D. Kordahl
    3.0 out of 5 stars A bad dream where everyone acts strangely and not to social standards
    This movie was entitled Saint Ange when I saw it and I watched it because of Virginia Ledoyen. No one says the expected niceties in this movie which is why it feels exactly a bad... Read more
    Published on March 9, 2010 by Cleo
    3.0 out of 5 stars Visually striking, but lame story
    House of Voices is a film that explores the supernatural, sanity, religion, and even human limitations. Quite a lot to take on, but it attempts to do just this. Read more
    Published on October 1, 2009 by C Wahlman
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