EW Staff
December 26, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Orphanage

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/28/07
performer
Montserrat Carulla, Fernando Cayo, Geraldine Chaplin
director
Juan Antonio Bayona
author
Sergio G. Sánchez
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama, Horror

We gave it a B

After a mother (The Sea Inside‘s Belén Rueda) moves her family back to the Spanish orphanage where she grew up happily, her young son develops an unnerving coterie of imaginary friends — and then disappears. ”I had in mind Close Encounters of the Third Kind, exchanging the aliens for ghosts,” says Juan Antonio Bayona, who made his feature debut under the guiding hand of producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Bring on the mashed potatoes.

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