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It tells the story of a woman, Laura, returning to the orphanage where she was raised as a child. Her plans are to look after sick children there, but it doesnt take long for things to go awry. Without giving too much away, visions from her past and a threat to her own family are the starting points for a complex and quite haunting thriller, that stays in the mind long after the credits have rolled.
A film that works on more than one level, The Orphanage really is some piece of work. Juan Antonia Bayona, behind the camera, generates an incredibly atmospheric mood that underpins the film, and wisely takes time to put pieces in place. Hes aided by a terrific cast, and an unsettling screenplay that layers in an uneasy horror thats as anti-Hollywood as it comes.
The result of all of this is one of the scariest films of recent times, and yet something that still manages to be that little bit more, that sticks in your mind for some time afterwards. Make no mistake, The Orphanage really is something different, and all the better for it. --Jon Foster
This is a brilliant film!
It is Spanish so be prepared for subtitles, but the content of the film and fantastic acting distracts so that you don't notice to much. Read more
Heard good things about this film and wasn't disappointed. The story is Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Adam Smith
Saw it at the cinemas and loved it so wanted it for my collection.Published 16 days ago by Rachael Farley
A bit of the strange scary silence from Pans Labyrinth and just as amazing to watch. Read more
Bought as a X mas present well received although i did not know it was in Spanish!!!Published 1 month ago by Mike Craven
I didn't realise this was in a foreign (Italian?) language with English subtitles when I bought it. I put it on to watch tonight but as it requires more concentration than I felt I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruby Tuesday