Saturday, May 13, 2017
Popcorn & a Show ~ The Orphanage
I'd grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing. ~ Guillermo del Toro
My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film and two Persian films. This month, I chose a Spanish film.
The Orphanage is not a new film to me. It is one of my favorite movies, foreign or otherwise. I love the characters ~ especially the main character Laura (in Spanish pronounced La-or-a). The scenery is gorgeous. Guillermo del Toro is the executive producer/director. I am a big fan of all his films! And although the film is in the drama/horror genre, I didn't find it scary at all.
The Orphanage is a movie you will not soon forget.
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. (click on the link to see a trailer for this movie)
If you have never watched a foreign film before, the Orphanage is a great one to start with. Enjoy!
(You can find links to my other foreign film movie reviews in the right sidebar.)