December 28, 2007 (Limited)
January 11, 2008
Rated R for some disturbing content
"The Orphanage," presented by Oscar-Nominee Guillermo del Toro, centers on a Laura (Belén Rueda from "The Sea Inside") who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened...
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A few years ago, The Others
surprised audiences with a tragically creepy ghost story, a rare feat in this day and age. Jump ahead to 2007/2008 (depending on what country you live in), apply the Spanish language to the same movie and you have The Orphanage
, an equally spooky ghost thriller. Though Guillermo Del Toro "presented the film" for marketing purposes, the movie thankfully lives up to his name for the most part.
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