The Orphanage

Synopsis: Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): J.A. Bayona
Production: Picturehouse
  32 wins & 41 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

One, two, three,

knock on the wall!

One, two, three,

knock on the wall!

Good Shepherd Orphanage, hello?

It's all ready.

She's playing.

We haven't told her yet.

She'll be happy in her new home.

Don't worry.

See you then.

Your friends

will miss you a lot, Laura.

Got you!



I'll go, it's my turn.

I'm coming!


They're outside.


Go to sleep.

Simon, darling.

Oh, I see!

Watson and Pepe

have played very late,

now they can't get in?

Come on, in you go.

Aren't you

a bit old for this?

Weren't you scared here,

when you were little?

You couldn't be afraid.

There was a gang of us,

and there was the lighthouse...


-It's still there,

but it doesn't work anymore.

I'll show you tomorrow.

Why doesn't it work?

Can you keep a secret?

Actually, it does work.

But the light's invisible,

it protects us.

Invisible light?

OK, try this.

Look at the window, over there.

Don't move.

See it?

Did you see it?

Those kids that are coming,

why can't they stay at home?

They're special children,

and they need

a lot of special care.

They can't come and go,

they need a home.

You understand?

Can I sleep with you tonight?

You're pushing it, kiddo!

Dad, are you coming to the beach?

Aren't Watson and Pepe going?

No, they didn't sleep

a wink last night.

You're such a smartass!

Friends only when it suits.

OK, wise guy, take your pill.

''S'' for Simon!

Go upstairs and get your bag.

Dad'll meet us there later.

One of us should talk to him.

About his invisible friends.

He's lonely, he's bored.

It's normal.

He'll forget them

as soon as the real kids arrive.

Everything will work out.

We'll have a great home.

I'm so glad we're here together.



And lighthouse.

Once upon a time there was

a very, very bad pirate

who hid his treasures

in a cave, near a lighthouse.

-What treasures?

-Stolen treasures.

But it wasn't easy

to get into the cave.

How did they get in?

They'd click a stone

in a gap in the rocks...


Simon, come on!

What's your name?

I'm Simon.

Do you want to play?

Why can't you play?

Do you want to come to my house

to play later?

What are you doing?


But Watson and Pepe

didn't come.

It's another boy.

He shouldn't play here.

It's dangerous.

Come on, let's go.

Can he come home to play?

Why are you dropping shells?

It's a path

for my friend to follow

so he can come and play.

-He made a new friend. How's that?

-Another one?

We won't have room

for all these kids.

Good afternoon.

Sorry I didn't call

but I couldn't get your number.

Benigna Escobedo.

I'm a social worker.

I'm sorry you've come so far

but there are no interviews today.


No, I'm here for Simon.

What a sitting room!

It's a beautiful house.

How did you find it?

I grew up here.

It was an orphanage.

I wanted to return,

so I thought of the home.


For special children.

That's not why you came?

You'll need a lot of people

for that.

It's not that kind of a home.

We'll be happy

with 5 or 6 children.

More would be too complicated.

What about Simon?

Yes, of course!

I received his file yesterday

and thought:

''I should visit them,

in case they need anything.''

Will you make many changes?

Sorry, I don't understand

why you're here.

This information's old.

I know, but I received it.

There are new treatments,

an experimental program

that requires an application,

You might be interested.

My husband is a doctor.

We're aware of all treatments

for Simon's disease.

Now please leave.

Simon doesn't know he's adopted,

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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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