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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2008
    "The Orphanage" was produced by Guillermo del Toro, the director and writer of of "Pan's Labyrinth," and has many similarities to that stunner.

    It's in Spanish, with subtitles. Deal with it.

    The film is set almost entirely in a defunct orphanage. It has been bought by Laura, one of the former inmates. She, her husband, and son Simon move in and refurbish it in hopes of turning it into a group home for disabled children. Simon, isolated from other kids, begins talking with imaginary friends who invite him to participate in peculiar treasure hunts.

    This is being marketed as a horror film, but there are no monsters or vortexes to another dimension or immortal crazy guys with axes. However, it is full of horrors . . . mainly psychological. But not LAME psychological, where the problems are all in the protagonist's head; there really is strange and bad stuff going on.

    This is a really, really well done film, but it does not have a happy ending. *Do not go* expecting a happy ending. You could almost call it a tear-jerker, but it's more like someone jams two electrodes into your tear ducts and hits you with 220 volts, so that instead of crying you just sit there wide eyed and stunned.
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2008 edited
    We've already got a thread up for this, so I'm gonna sweep this one.