Saturday, January 05, 2008


THE ORPHANAGE (El Orfanato) is a Spanish film presented by Guillermo del Toro who gave me my favorite film of last year, PAN'S LABYRINTH. The two films have a lot in common (perhaps too much). They are horror fantasies with child characters and confusion between the worlds of the living and dead. PAN was a much better film, but this film has a lot to offer, in particular a fantastic performance by lead actress Belén Rueda as the boy's mother. It also has a very good score, and some great sound work. It's greatest weakness is the last two scenes in the film, which hit the nail on the head unnecessarily ruining the beautiful mood of the last scene between mother and son.

I still recommend it.
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