The Orphanage

The Orphanage
Laura has returned to the orphanage she grew up in to live with her husband, Carlos, and their son, Simon, with the intent of bringing special needs children to care for. Things don’t go as planned when Simon, who insists his new make believe friends are real, goes missing and the only clue to his disappearance is a strange woman who used to work at the orphanage. As Laura becomes desperate to find her son, she soon realizes that Simon’s “make believe” friends could be the key to finding him. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “The Orphanage”.

∙ Laura and Carlos are playing the piano when Simon runs in. The right side view of Laura (rear view of Simon), shows the glass on the piano has a red dot that’s facing Simon. He picks up the glass to take his medicine and Laura sets the glass back down. The red dot is no longer facing Simon. But when Laura kisses Carlos and the scene cuts to the right side view, the glass is back in its original position, with the red dot facing the camera.

∙ Laura and Simon are playing the “find the hidden treasure” game. When Simon opens the kitchen drawer, he pulls out the file Laura had hidden and tosses it on the floor. Laura picks up the folder and places it on the table with a few sheets of paper neatly on top. A few moments later, when Simon yells “you’re not my mother”, the view of the table shows there are more papers on the top of the folder and they’re askew.

∙ Aurora is sitting in the chair in a trance. Her arms are lying on the armrests of the chair. When they say to her “Now you’re alone in the darkness”, the TV monitor shows her left and then her right arm slide off the armrests and down by her sides. But her arms are back on the armrest when they tell her “you can go wherever you want”.

“The Orphanage” (2007) stars Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep and Montserrat Carulla. It runs 105 minutes and is rated R for some disturbing content.

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