Now playing in select cinemas
In the days of PRESENTED BY, some of our favorite cult films have emerged with respect and excellence. In the new film “The Orphanage,” presented by famed Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) we discover another breakthrough Spanish filmmaker who is going straight to the top. In “The Orphanage,” Juan Antonio Bayona accomplishes suspense, beauty, and story to push this film as an Oscar hopeful. Laura (Belén Rueda) has come back to the very orphanage that she had been raised in with her adopted son, Simon and her husband ready to start anew. Simon makes friends quickly and finds himself in a deadly game of hide and go seek, only Simon is the only one anyone can see. With the disappearance of her son, Laura does everything she can to get in touch with the children of the house and to get Simon back. In what we might perceive as your typical horror film, Bayona adds an amazing twist that the audience will believe but not see coming. For those of you who love the rush that peekaboo’s give and the hair on the back of your neck to stand straight up, this will be more of a pleasure than most. The beauty and execution of this film makes it very special and you might just have to sleep with the light on for a night or two.