THE ORPHANAGE (2007) – Review

Juan Antonio Bayona's El Orfanato


No secret stays locked away forever.

This film took me totally by surprise for I thought it was only a movie about a ghost, but immediately found out that it was much more involved than just that. Although Guillermo Del Toro did not direct this film, you could still see where his work eerily weaved its way into this well written, fantastically directed and intriguing film.[easyazon_image align=”right” cloak=”y” height=”500″ identifier=”B0015ET3YO” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” src=”” tag=”amideyeonhu-20″ width=”337″]

Laura (Belen Rueda) wanted to return to the orphanage where she grew up as a child.  She has so many fond memories of her friends and everything that made her happy as a child.   She thought that it would be a perfect place to raise her seven-year-old son, Simon (Roger Princep) and to make even it a home for other children that would benefit from the love and kindness she was all too familiar.  The orphanage would soon be her home, her family’s home again.  Simon would so love it there.  At least for as long as he still had time in this world. You see, Laura adopted Simon when he was just a baby.  He was born with an illness that would eventually cause him to die, Laura and her husband Dr. Carlos (Fernando Cayo) did not want Simon to know just how sick he was because they wanted him not worry and only wished for him to live his life to the fullest. Their love for him wrought eternal, as it should always be with parents and their children.

Until one day a social worker, Benigna (Montserrat Carulla) paid them a visit. Benigna held an adoption file, Simon’s adoption file and was asking how Simon was getting along with his illness and if he is aware of how ill he was.  Offended by this hard line of questioning from this complete stranger, Laura showed Benigna the front door!  But wait! Benigna was found later in the evening snooping about a shed,  in the rear of the orphanage!

Simon begins to play a game that Thomas showed him. Laura knows that there are no other children at the school, but Simon assures her that Thomas is real. So true in fact that he can show her where Thomas plays near the ocean.

Then, Simon goes missing.

Benigna may be to blame.

Where are all the ghosts coming from?

What are those strange noises?

Who is Thomas?

Curious? Well, prepare yourself to question your sanity along with Laura’s and The Orphanage. How far are you willing to go for the love of a child?

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

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Review Summary:

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.

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