Movie review: The Orphanage

Interesting happenstance: the power went out so we just headed for the theater. What we got was the Spanish mystery/horror/chiller film, The Orphanage, directed by first timer Juan Antonio Bayona.
This is a black and white, Spanish production with subtitles, starring Belen Rueda. She buys the ophanage in which she had lived as a child, but strange things begin to happen, and her son disappears, resulting in a frenzied search.

It’s a very good film, and it forces you to pay attention. I understand that it will be nominated for an Oscar, and that would be appropriate, in several categories, including direction and some technical categories. I give it three and a half stars out of a possible four. It’ll spook ya.


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