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MINI REVIEW: The Orphanage is a film that stays with you long after you’ve seen it. There is a lingering presence, a sense of mystery, wander, maybe even enlightenment. All due to the somewhat shocking ending, which I will not spoil, but you kind of have to see it to believe it. Most likely you’ll be left asking yourself, ‘what would I do?’ It’s when movies like these that make you feel and think, long after the credits roll that inspire me and motivate me. After all here at FilmMunch we are passionate about movies, and when such talent as that of J.A. Bayona presents itself, one’s hope in the art of cinema is brightened!

The editing in this film is what gives it the creepiness and eeriness that pervades it, so full credit to Elena Ruiz, who also spectacularly edited the tsunami movie, The Impossible, also directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The cinematography is stand out, and that is why we are showcasing seven stunning frames that really make this film a work of art. The thriller genre has a new up and coming master, and if you need any convincing that A Monster Calls is one of the more exciting projects being worked on right now, just makes sure you watch The Orphanage, it will not disappoint, and then we can discuss the ending, freely, you know, because we don’t have to worry about spoilers.

Some may not enjoy some of the in between moments of the film, that at some times do seem to feel as if they drag, but in all honesty, when you look at the film as an entirety, these slower moments do feel deliberate, an aim, I’m sure to conjure up emotion and a sense of build up. Plus I must mention that the addition of Edgar Vivar (El Ñoño) was pretty sweet, especially as he assists in one of the creepiest scenes of the entire film. A must watch, indeed, so here we go to the seven frames, enjoy!

1 Un Dos Tres

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2 Tracks Of Enlightenment 

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3 La Cueva

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4 Play Time

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5 Searching For Clues

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6 El Sol De Esperanza

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7 With Open Doors

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