The Orphanage Image
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 129 Ratings

Summary: Laura returns to the stately manor house that holds such a special place in her heart. The orphanage was abandoned years ago; Laura and her husband, Carlos, plan to reopen it as a center for sick and disabled children. It will be a place where boys and girls--including the couple's beloved 7-year-old Simón--can play freely in the open air, enjoying the sunshine and the nearby beach. In its years of solitude, however, the orphanage has acquired a haunted, unhappy air. To get used to his creepy surroundings, Simón starts to have relationships with imaginary friends. Simón's circle of unseen friends quickly expands to include five more boys and girls, who tell cryptic stories and engage him in elaborate games that carry a suggestion of the sinister. Troubled, Laura allows herself to get sucked into her son's eerie world, which seems to resonate with a far-away and disturbing echo of her own childhood experiences. (Picturehouse)
Runtime: 105 min
Rating: Rated R for some disturbing content.
Production: Telecinco
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Countries: Spain, Mexico
Language: Spanish
Home Release Date: Apr 22, 2008
Director Credit
Juan Antonio Bayona Director
Writer Credit
Sergio G. Sánchez Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Belén Rueda Laura
Fernando Cayo Carlos
Roger Príncep Simón
Cast Credit
Alejandro Camps Víctor
Andrés Gertrúdix Enrique
Carla Gordillo Martín
Carmen Lopez Alicia
Edgar Vivar Prof. Leo Bálaban
Georgina Avellaneda Rita
Geraldine Chaplin Aurora
Mabel Rivera Pilar
Mireia Renau Laura Niña
Montserrat Carulla Benigna
Óscar Casas Tomás
Óscar Lara Guillermo
Producer Credit
Álvaro Augustín Producer
Belén Atienza Line Producer
Elena Manrique Line Producer
Guillermo del Toro Producer
Joaquín Padró Producer
Mar Targarona Producer
Sandra Hermida Line Producer
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