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The Orphanage centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.]]>
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It was not directed by "Pans Labyrinth" director Guillermo Del Toro.
He only produced this.
That being said.....
This was the best ghost flick I've seen since "The Sixth Sense"
(yes better than "The Others" & "The Ring" too)
and easily one of the most atmospheric to date.
Every facet of this film is beautifully crafted,
Attention is painfully given to each detail
& every angle is expertly covered.
There isn't a single scene that is irrelevant,
regardless of how subtle some might seem.
The most seemingly insignficant of which,
are easily the MOST relevant.
The plot, the characters, the setting, the atmosphere;
everything was Genius, pure genius!!
I damn-near cried at the conclusion,
which in my opinion could have been viewed as either happy, or sad, or both.
All around, it's an excellent flick!!
A worthy addition to any cinephiles collection.
I personally couldnt recommend it enough!
especially for those who loved:
"Tale of Two Sisters",
"Devils Backbone", or
MORAL OF THE STORY:
That which was lost, can always be found, because
That which was loved, can never be forgotten.
Returning to her childhood home; a mysterious seaside orphanage, Laura (Belen Ruede) and her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) has plans to reopen the orphanage to help underprivileged children as well as those children with special handicap. They have an adopted son named Simon (Roger Pincep), who is also suffering from HIV and has quite a "posse" of imaginary friends. When strange incidents happen in their home, and Simon mysteriously disappears, Laura must confront the secrets of her past and the otherworldly secrets of the orphanage before it destroys everything that she cares for...
The Orphanage's plot is complex and intelligent, with a powerful script that grabs the viewer that may even give the feeling of a fable. The film has multiple themes as to what it is trying to say; such as listen to what children are telling you, interpretations of childhood and adulthood fears, and the danger of being stationary as time passes you by. The film is more of a mother's point of view of a certain fairy tale that takes a stab at our imagination and the things we take for granted.Read more ›
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I thought this movie was incredible. I actively collect horror movies and this movie was a gift from my boyfriend I had never heard of it and had no idea what it was about. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Angelica
Why can't there be more movies like this? I love everything about this one. There's no gore really, but it is a perfect psychological thriller/ghost movie. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kelly
This was a bit of a different movie. Not real great, but not bad.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you like non-gory suspenseful movies with good, meaningful story lines, you'll really like this movie! Very well done!Published 5 days ago by Laura
This was a wreck. It was had to suspend reality enough to get into this story.Published 11 days ago by Mary Klement
Very intense and great film. Although it's not in English, the subtitles work just fine. EXCELLENT.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommend this suspenseful and thrilling ghost story if you like what I would call "classic" ghost stories that don't resort to graphic violence and cheap shocks to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by JBW2
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