Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep

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Laura grew up in an orphanage, she and her doctor husband adopted a nine-year-old boy Simon. The presence of this sweet-natured, imaginative boy in their lives has awakened complex feelings in Laura, as she herself was adopted too. So, driven by a need for closure, she has persuaded her husband to buy the old orphanage where she spent the first years of her life, and to be foster-parents there to six new orphans with learning difficulties.

The orphanage itself is an impressive Gothic-styled mansion, close to a rocky beach and the sea. A perfect horror-tale setting. On the day Laura and her family welcome the first new orphan arrivals, Simon disappears. Months pass by without any trace of her son until Laura decides to call for the help of a parapsychologist. She discovers that the orphan kids she grew up with are all dead and that their spirits still roam around the house. Laura remembers her son playing a riddle game with what she thought was an imaginary friend at the time. She now realizes that Simon was playing with one of the dead children, and in order to find him, she will have to play the riddle game too.

Although this film soaks in an horror-atmosphere, it is much more than that. It is much more elaborate than your average horror-movie and it is also an intelligent and compassionate drama about loss and death, and about following the departed into the void so they can be made to live again.

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