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The OrphanageA woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. But after his adopted son goes missing, she believes she hears spirits, who may or may not be trying to help her find the boy.
Actors of "The Orphanage"
Characters of "The Orphanage"
Directors of "The Orphanage"J.A. BayonaBirthdate: 1975, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Creators of "The Orphanage"Sergio G. SánchezBirthdate: 1973, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Critic Reviews of "The Orphanage"Rolling StoneOctober 07, 2013
A frightening movie that earns its scares the hard way, generating unbearable tension through artful technique instead of computer.NPR.orgOctober 18, 2008
The picture is a creepily effective exercise in gothic technique.CNN.comOctober 18, 2008
At a time when American horror seems transfixed by graphic sadism, the acclaimed Spanish chiller El Orfanato harks back to an older tradition of psychological scares and things that go bump in the night.Chicago TribuneOctober 18, 2008
[Director Bayona] has a fine career ahead of him.Toronto StarOctober 18, 2008
The year's best horror picture is also one of the simplest.New York Magazine/VultureOctober 18, 2008
Alas, there's no Ahhhh! moment at the end to justify the mounting tension.Today's Zaman (Turkey)February 29, 2016
Bayona never resorts to gore and prefers an approach based on the carefully built up suspense found in classic Hitchcock films; and much like Hitchcock, the story is based on a very viable Freudian premise.Observer (UK)October 14, 2014
The less you know of this film, the more you'll be surprised, shocked and, in the end, satisfied.Film School RejectsOctober 14, 2014
There are no monsters, or slashers, and yet the movie got under my skin so much so that it left me shaky as I walked out of the theater.CinemaBlend.comOctober 14, 2014
Though The Orphanage sticks fairly closely to a genre fomat, and the plot twists become a little predictable, the film packs surprises all the way to the end.New York PressOctober 14, 2014
Let the anticipation of Bayona's next move begin.Uncut Magazine [UK]October 14, 2014
By the time we reach the third act, this is less a horror film but a psychological study of a protagonist on the brink of emotional collapse.
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