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“A ghost story from Guillermo del Toro set in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War.”
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“Guillermo Del Toro's next horror masterpiece after the vampire hit CRONOS.”
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“Guillermo del Toro's film about a remote orphanage during the last days of the Spanish Civil War, and the secrets that may be lurking there.”
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During the Spanish Civil War, newly orphaned Carlos is taken to a school for the children of those who died fighting against fascism. He is given the bed that formerly belonged to Santi, a boy who recently died during an attack in which a bomb dropped, landing in the school's courtyard undetonated, a reminder of impending danger. As the amputee headmistress (Marisa Paredes, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER) and the embittered caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), engage in a love affair, the headmistress' cuckolded husband, the impotent but benevolent school doctor (Frederico Luppi) sits by passively. Meanwhile, after Santi's ghost repeatedly reveals itself to Carlos, another student spooks Carlos with a dark secret about the boy's death. War surrounds the school, violence infests it from within, and Carlos sets out to avenge the death of Santi. <br> <br> Taking on themes such as the brutality of war and the loss of innocence, Guillermo del Toro's (MIMIC) film skillfully combines elements of war, gothic horror, melo...
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Director: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002; July 27, 2004
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Lunch Average Rating: +3.3 (9 ratings)
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