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The Orphanage goes beyond genre


It's the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time - so it's surprising, then, that Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Orphanage" was a movie that no producer wanted to make.

"This is a project that no production company wanted to pick up," says Bayona, 32. "Ten years ago, the screenwriter Sergio Sanchez, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School was trying to get the financing and he couldn't get it."

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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, thirty-years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband Carlos and their seven-year old son Simon to re-open the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. But 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, Simon attempts to write off their son'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.

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Female, Age Private, New York, NY

Posted December 20, 2007

Wow, this movie looks interesting. Scary too! I loved Del Toro's last film "Pan's Labyrinth"... that film was good so this must be too!