As of today Monday, November 7th my husband and I started a month long experiment to go without television. Once we challenged ourselves with the meat-free month we were smitten with seeing what our next challenge would be. What does this have to do with watching a foreign film? Well, this weekend we made sure to pack in as much television and movies as we could. We cleared out our DVR and watched whatever Netflix had come in. The Orphanage was one of those movies.
The Oraphanage revolves around Laura who returns to the dilapidated orphanage where she grew up, accompanied by her husband, Carlos and their seven-year-old adopted son, Simón. Her plan is to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. Once there, Simón claims to see a boy named Tomás, whom he befriends. During a children’s party at the orphanage, Laura and Simón argue, and Simón hides from her. While searching for him, Laura is confronted by a boy in a sack mask with the name “Tomás” embroidered onto his shirt. The boy traps her in a bathroom, and when she escapes she finds that Simón is missing. The rest of the film revolves around Laura figuring out the mystery of who Tomás is and where her son Simón has disappeared to.
I am a very big fan of films that Guillermo Del Toro is involved in and this one did not disappoint. It has been a while since we have seen a stylish, creepy ghost story that has kept us on our toes. I found that the acting, story, score and pacing were beyond perfect. If you are looking for something a bit different than the usual slash and gore do try this movie. I know you won’t be disappointed.