The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

Spain's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2008 Oscars, a ghost story produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). 

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

2008Rating: R13, Content may disturb110 minsSpainSpanish
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Guillermo Del Toro may only be listed as producer for this award-winning Spanish chiller (directed by newcomer Juan Antonio Bayona), but the crisp, elegant visuals and poignant supernatural themes have his magical fingerprints all over. This would be a worthy addition to his own canon, had he been at the helm, and that's high praise.

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Variety

Variety

A fastidiously grim ghost story that rattles the bones of the haunted-house genre and finds plenty of fresh (but not too bloody) meat.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The Orphanage, a diverting, overwrought ghost story from Spain, relies on basic and durable horror movie techniques.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A shiver of fear runs right through Juan Antonio Bayona's pungent and scary film.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

The Orphanage's joys come from the experiential: Bayona's cultured technical skills, including some phenomenal sound design, and sustained anxiety. It's about as healthy as junk food gets.

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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

Accomplished first feature... High profile producer (Guillermo Del Toro) – check. Creaking mansion and murderous ghost children – check. All the performances are well-directed, especially lead actress Belen Rueda’s engaging turn as a conflicted mother. The cinematography and mise-en-scene is well-crafted and beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with it – indeed, there is a lot about it that is technically very right. However, despite all this, it doesn’t quite connect.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A good old-fashioned horror in the best possible way, this is a beautifully told, terrifying ghost story that lingers with you long after the shivers have stopped.

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BBC

BBC

Haunting and heartbreaking, The Orphanage delivers a double whammy of chills both real and supernatural.

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