Keswick Film Club - The Orphanage

The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona Country: Mexico/Spain
Cert: 15 Year: 2007 Length: 105 mins Language: Subtitles
The Orphanage

Audience Reaction

Score: 75.6% Attendance: 107

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Synopsis

This is a multi-award winner by debut director Bayona, with Pan's Labyrinth's del Toro as producer. Belen Rueda plays Laura, who returns in her 30's to take over the orphanage she was briefly in as a child. But soon her son Simon seems to see imaginary beings that she too sees. What's going on? The minimum of special effects provokes the maximum of fearful anticipation. When the sick boy goes missing, Laura's and her husband's search for the child is also a spooky, skilfully-made journey into the darker recesses of the human imagination.

Thanks to Optimum Releasing

Critics

open_quote A superior ghost story…when [Laura] walks down a dark staircase, or into an unlit corridor or a gloomy room, we're tense and fearful, whether we're experiencing a haunted house or a haunted mind. close_quote Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



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