Synopsis: A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Director(s): Sergio G. Sánchez
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

We have come very far,

enduring many hardships.

But at last, we found a

place where we can be safe.


At the other end of the ocean.

It's not how I remember it.

Mum had put all her hopes

on the house where

she had grown up.

It had been waiting for us,

frozen in time for

over thirty years.

Is someone there?

Just a coat stand

in the mirror, Sam.

Don't be afraid.

It's not a step to take lightly.

We're no longer Fairbairns.

From now on, our last name

will be "Marrowbone".

Just like this house,

which will be our new home.

Once you cross that line,

there'll be no memories.

Our story begins here.

Will he ever find us, Mummy?


You see, I've crossed the line.

I must've forgotten already.

No one will bother us again.


We wanted to believe

that we would be safe.

That we too had

a chance of happiness.

That Mum's illness had disappeared

with the rest of our problems.

The darkness we'd left

behind seem to vanish

in the light of

those summer days.

Nobody knew us.

We could be free

for the first time.

And we were about to

make a new friend

that would change

our lives forever.

Oh, look at that, Sam!

This must be the place they call

"The Red Witch Rock".

It's a skull.

Let's go back, Billy.

I don't like it.

Who goes there?

How dare you invade

my dwellings.

I'm Sam Marrowbone.

These are my two brothers,

Billy and Jack.

And this is my sister Jane.

You have entered the

Red Witch lands.

See that passage to your right?

You must cross it.

If you mean well,

you'd be free to go.

But if you hide evil

within your heart,

the walls would close in

and trap you forever.

Do you dare cross it?

Jack, no.

-Come on!

-Come on, Sammy!

Be brave.

The walls are closing in,

we shouldn't be here.

Your soul must have been good.

It's very slippy here.

Hello, little one.

Come closer.

My name is Allie.

Are you a prisoner

of the Red Witch?


She punished me for

breaking into her garden.

Leaving me trapped until someone

dared cross the

passageway and rescue me.

Now, is that someone you?

Take these acorns in return.

They aren't much now, but

they'll grow big and strong

with our friendship.

They're magic.

So now that you're free,

where would you like to go?

At the end of that

unforgettable day,

Allie was already one of us.

Stop. Wait, okay, move forward.


It's too beautiful. Can I...?

Get close together, come on.

You guys ready?

One, two...



We began again.

We forgot the past.

And we started a new life.

For a while, we all

bought in to that illusion.

But the journey to America had

taken what little strength

Mum had left in her.

Little did we know,

that would be our

last summer together.

Bury me in the garden.

I showed you where.

You just have to turn 21.

Stay hidden until then

and no law will

take them from you.

Swear to me.

You'll stay together.

Always stay together.

I swear.

Have a safe place ready.

In case he finds you.

In the cupboard.

On the left.

You lied.

You lied in court.

You kept his money

all this time.

"My dearest Jack,

"I'm so sorry I won't be there

for you as you grow up.

"I no longer have the strength.

"Jane will be Sam's mother,

as it was meant to be.

"Tell Billy to not let his anger

"take his beautiful heart.

"And you, my Jack,

when the time comes,

"do not forget to open

your heart to love.

"You must keep them safe.


Your loving mother,

Rose Marrowbone".


no one,


will separate us.

We are one.

Repeat after me.



No one.

-No one.

-No one.

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Sergio G. Sánchez

Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez is a Spanish film director and screenwriter. Sánchez has written and directed his own screenplays for short films such as Temporada baja (2003) and 7337 (2000). Sánchez's first film script was for The Orphanage in 1996. Sánchez originally wanted to direct the script but he was repeatedly turned down by various Spanish production companies. While Sánchez was working on the short film 7337, he met with director Juan Antonio Bayona and offered him the script to direct. The Orphanage was a large hit and Sánchez was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2008 Goya Awards in Spain.In May 2009, Variety reported that Sánchez would re-team up with The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona, on a production by Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema, and Spongeman, Bayona's own Barcelona-based label. Sánchez completed a first-draft screenplay in late April. The film, called The Impossible, was filmed in 2010. more…

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