Horror, Mystery, Thriller |
Orphan is a psychological horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson from a story by Alex Mace. The plot centers on a couple who, after the death of their unborn child, adopt a mysterious nine-year-old girl.
The film is an international co-production between the United States, Canada, Germany and France. It was produced by Joel Silver and Susan Downey of Dark Castle Entertainment, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way Productions. Principal photography for the film took place in Canada, in the cities of St. Thomas, Toronto, Port Hope, and Montreal.
Kate and John Coleman’s marriage is strained after the stillbirth of their third child Jessica, whose loss is particularly hard on Kate, who is also recovering from alcoholism. The couple decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl, Esther, from the local orphanage. While their 5-year-old deaf daughter Max embraces Esther almost immediately, their 12-year-old son Daniel is far less welcoming. Kate soon bonds with Esther, developing a strong mother-daughter relationship as well as rebuilding her own with John.
One night, after talking of how things have become since Esther came into their lives, John and Kate undress and begin to have intercourse, with hopes that she will become pregnant again before Esther interrupts them. Kate becomes suspicious when Esther expresses far more knowledge of sex than expected of a child her age, but John tells her not to worry about it, as she may have picked this up from her other foster parents. Soon however, Esther demonstrates hostile behavior, killing an injured pigeon and injuring a bullying classmate at the park, furthering Kate’s suspicions.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay), Alex Mace (story)
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett, Margo Martindale, Karel Roden
|CCH Pounder||…||Sister Abigail|
|Margo Martindale||…||Dr. Browning|
|Karel Roden||…||Dr. Varava|
|Rosemary Dunsmore||…||Grandma Barbara|
|Genelle Williams||…||Sister Judith|
|Mustafa Abdelkarim||…||Daniel’s Friend|
|Landon Norris||…||Daniel’s Friend|
|Julien Elia||…||Hospital Receptionist|
|Leni Parker||…||Delivery Room Nurse|
|Gemma James Smith||…||Teacher|
|Pia Ajango||…||Saarne Institute Receptionist|
|Matthew Raudsepp||…||Saarne Institute Orderly|
|Sugith Varughese||…||ICU Doctor|
|Luis Oliva||…||ICU Nurse (as Luis Olivia)|
|Ferelith Young||…||Waiting Room Nurse|
|Andrew Shaver||…||Injection Doctor|
|Charles Champagne||…||Esther’s School Friend|
Sources: imdb & wikipedia