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The Orphanage

Geraldine Chaplin  Actor Belén Rueda  Actor Fernando Cayo  Actor Roger Princep  Actor Mabel Rivera  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Adult Situations

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The Orphanage

Theatrical Release Date: 2007 12 28 (USA - Limited) / 2008 01 11 (USA)

UPC: 794043131714

Studio: New Line Home Video

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Adult Situations]

Summary: Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage located by the Spanish seaside. Those were some of the happiest years of Laura's life, and now, 30 years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old son, Simon, to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. However, something ominous haunts the darkened hallways of this silent, stately manor. When Simon's behavior begins to grow increasingly bizarre and malicious, Laura and Carlos start to suspect that the mysterious surroundings have awoken something ominous in the young boy's imagination. It's not long before Laura, too, is drawn into this disturbing web and the repressed memories of the past come flooding back in a terrifying torrent of tension and deeply disturbing revelations. With opening day drawing near and their situation growing increasingly grim by the hour, Carlos attempts to write off Simon's bizarre behavior as a desperate bid to get more attention from his distracted parents. Laura isn't so easily convinced of this theory, though, and soon embarks on a desperate quest to unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house, waiting for just the right moment to inflict devastating damage on both her and her family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Awards: Film Presented – Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented – New York Film Festival Best Foreign Language Film – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Satellite Award Best Cinematography – Ohio Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film – Ohio Film Critics Film Presented – Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Picture – Goya Awards Best New Director – Goya Awards Best Actress – Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress – Goya Awards Best New Actor – Goya Awards Best Original Screenplay – Goya Awards Best Editing – Goya Awards Best Original Score – Goya Awards Best Executive/Line Producer – Goya Awards Best Art Direction – Goya Awards Best Costume Design – Goya Awards Best Special Effects – Goya Awards Best Sound – Goya Awards Best Sound – Goya Awards Best Sound – Goya Awards Best Makeup and Hair – Goya Awards Best Makeup and Hair – Goya Awards Best Foreign Language Film – London Film Critics Association

The Orphanage

Format: DVD

Release Date: 02/10/2009

Audio: DD-EX Dolby Digital Surround EX (simulated 6.1), DTS Digital Theater Systems, DTS-ESD Digital Theater 6.1 System

Runtime: 105 Minutes

Language(s) Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Orphanage
1. The Orphanage [4:24]
2. Invisible Friends [4:40]
3. Hidden in the Cave [3:59]
4. Secrets From Simon [3:27]
5. Dark Visitant [3:01]
6. Wake Up, Not Grow Up [2:36]
7. Hunt for Treasure [5:17]
8. Newcomer's Masquerade [6:51]
9. Investigation and Clues [5:32]
10. Bereavement [3:27]
11. Benigna & Tomás [5:09]
12. "Two Little Kilos" [3:26]
13. Paranormal Assistance [2:54]
14. Regression [7:29]
15. Echoes and Theory [5:03]
16. Playing With Laura [4:35]
17. Ashes and Dust [2:57]
18. Too Many Memories [3:00]
19. The Home They Knew [4:37]
20. Childhood Games [3:28]
21. Beneath the Stairs [5:03]
22. With Open Eyes [4:46]
23. The Lost Children [5:42]
24. End Credits [4:10]

Michael Buening

The Orphanage is an assured and promising feature debut from director Juan Antonio Bayona. Like executive producer Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, it's a classically gothic character-driven ghost story about a woman (Belén Rueda) who attempts to reopen the orphanage where she was raised and gets distracted after her son is abducted by the spirits of her childhood friends. Bayona builds on the premise by drawing on a wide variety of fantasy/horror sources, including Peter Pan, Halloween, and Poltergeist (in an entertaining séance scene with Geraldine Chaplin as the medium). His fondness for cheap but effective scares doesn't get in the way of screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez's smart plotting, which emphasizes psychological twists over supernatural explanations. The Orphanage doesn't break new ground in horror films, but Bayona and Sánchez take familiar ghost-story ingredients -- from the lighthouse on the shore to dank cellars, shacks, and caves -- and refresh them with skillful storytelling and a sharp entertainer's knack for pleasing an audience. The Orphanage was featured in the 45th New York Film Festival. ~ Michael Buening, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Guillermo del Toro  Executive Producer 
Andres Gertrudix  Screenwriter 
Fernando Cayo  Screenwriter 
Belén Rueda  Screenwriter 
Joaquin Padro  Producer 
Mar Targarona  Producer 
Alvaro Augustin  Producer 
Montserrat Carulla  Screenwriter 
Fernando Velázquez  Composer (Music Score) 
Belen Atienza  Producer 
Elena Manrique  Producer 
Juan Antonio Bayona  Director 
Roger Princep  Screenwriter 
Edgar Vivar  Screenwriter 
Sergio G. Sánchez  Screenwriter 
Jordi San Augustín  Screenwriter 
Joaquín Augustín  Producer 
Geraldine Chaplin  Actor 
Belén Rueda  Actor 
Fernando Cayo  Actor 
Roger Princep  Actor 
Mabel Rivera  Actor 
Montserrat Carulla  Actor 
Andres Gertrudix  Actor 
Edgar Vivar  Actor 
Oscar Casas  Actor 
Mireia Renau  Actor 
Georgina Avellaneda  Actor 
Carla Gordillo  Actor 
Alejandro Camps  Actor 
Carmen Lopez  Actor 
Oscar Lara  Actor 
Enric Arquimbau  Actor 
Blanca Martínez  Actor 
Carol Suárez  Actor 
Isabel Friera  Actor 
Fernando Marriot  Actor 
Jordi Cardus  Actor 
Pedro Morales  Actor 

Country: Mexico,Spain