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[影片快递] 【整理】 2008-03-02 The Orphanage 灵异孤儿院

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The Orphanage directed by J.A Bayona is the latest moody, emotionally intense Spanish horror movie. There have been a lot of those coming out lately. It's kind of a specialty of the new Spanish cinema - ghost stories that use some of the old Gothic supernatural machinery of classic horror films to tell more emotionally resident, deeper, richer stories.





Unfortunately, this one is not really as rich or as deep as The Devil's Backbone or the others. Instead it's a rather pedestrian story that's pretty well done for all that. Belen Rueda plays a woman who returns to the orphanage where she grew up with her young adopted son and her husband. And gradually he starts discovering imaginary friends. Strange things start happening. Creepy children show up at the ends of hallways. And this woman is drawn back into her past, into a secret that happened on the ground of that orphanage many years before.





There's nothing terribly new or surprising about this story. But it is skillfully done. I think I was a little disappointed by The Orphanage because my expectations have been raised by some of the other Spanish films that do a lot more with the genre. In the end there is a kind of sentimental, sixth-sense-like feeling to this, but the emotions aren't really as deep or as rich or as interesting as some of the visual effects which are nonetheless effective. They do give you a scare.
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