The Orphanage DVD £3.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV
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Found 14th Oct 2009Made hot 15th Oct 2009
It might come as no surprise that the producer of the Spanish supernatural thriller THE ORPHANAGE is none other than Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro (PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE), for his influence is felt greatly throughout the picture. Made by an entire crew of newcomers--director Juan Antonio Bayona, screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, director of photography Oscar Faura, composer Fernando Velazquez--THE ORPHANAGE is an extremely accomplished work. The story concerns Laura (Belen Rueda), who has returned with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and adopted child Simon (Roger Princep) to the large manor where she was raised in an orphanage as a child. Laura is determined to fix up the abandoned house and open it as a refuge for ill children. But from the moment she returns, the past begins to haunt her. It isn't long before she begins to see the children who she used to play with as a seven-year-old. And when Simon goes missing one afternoon, she's convinced that they have taken him hostage. What follows is a murky descent into Laura's mind, where she doesn't know what is real and what is a figment of her tortured imagination.

Bayona brings Sanchez's complex script to life with the help of Faura's haunting imagery and Valazquez's atmospheric score. But what makes THE ORPHANAGE an even greater achievement is its insistence on being more than just a superficial scare-fest. Bayona and Sanchez are more interested in deeper themes of memory, loss, and grief, establishing Laura as a mother who feels guilt over not being able to protect her child from outside forces. The result is a film that is both unsettling and moving.

10 Comments

Good film

Best film ever.

Very sad film, bring a hankie

vibrant;6581376

Best film ever.



an incredible movie!!rivalled only by pans labyrinth!!! wow!!

Thanks! I loved Pan's Labyrinth so I'll enjoy watching this with my teen!

One of my fave films ever. Squaked a good 'un at the end! Hot price

Voted cold because it has subtitles.

I'm joking, I'm joking.

Brilliant film. Scared the **** out of me in the cinema.

zachary1000;6582607

an incredible movie!!rivalled only by pans labyrinth!!! wow!!



nah the orphanage is miles better than pans labyrinth
but still great films

I thought this film was really scary/creepy? Still a good movie.
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