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November 23, 2007

THE ORPHANAGE

The orphanageGuillermo del Toro (director of "The Devil's Backbone") executive produced this richly layered Spanish gothic horror movie by director Juan Antonio Bayona, and written by Sergio G. Sanchez.

Laura (Belen Rueda) and husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) adopt Simon (Roger Princep), an HIV positive boy, to live in a new home on the Spanish coast, a disused mansion orphanage from Laura’s childhood. Simon starts cavorting with ghosts and disappears after driving his mother to the limits of sanity.

In searching for her son, Laura uncovers answers to a deeper mystery about the fate of other children at the orphanage.

Orphanage

Stylistically impeccable and organically suspenseful, "The Orphanage" is a fun horror movie with well-placed shocks that will unnerve even the least suggestible audiences.

Rated PG-13, 105 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)

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