Spain is another country that can hardly be called a key cinematography for the world culture. Of course they have Pedro Almodóvar, but apart from him Spanish movies very rarely are praised abroad. But just like in case of Sweden, Japan or South Korea the Spanish filmmakers found their niche - the mystery movies.
The Orphanage (El Orfanato) is set in typical atmosphere for mystery movies - secluded old house that in past was and orphanage for disabled children, now one of the former pupils moves in with her family and plans to reactivate the place. Soon she stumbles upon the ghosts of the past, when her adopted son tells her about the children he has met in this empty house. But the drama begins when her son disappears just after she yeld at him, to make things worse small child in strange costume shows up and frightens her.
The setting is rather typical and perhaps even it’s cliche, but just like with most of the Scandinavian mystery movies The Orphanage drags you into a world of dark rooms and even darker past - you can see the surface of the things, but the real meaning of it all is still to be discovered. Of course they have their flaws, sometimes even plot holes (like this one), but they certainly know how to build-up a great atmosphere.
As of The Orphanage it is good movie, far better than what Hollywood has to offer right now.
Mystery Blog - what can be better than a great mystery? The great mysteries that can't be solved are keeping alive in the minds of people - Jack the Ripper, Black Dahlia, Rosewell incident - who hasn't heard of them or even took time to find the missing pieces? Often it's not important to find the solution to mystery, it's the mystery itself is important, because it leaves all the options possible.