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Orphan

2009

Orphan Poster
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    Sight & Sound: Nick Pinkerton
    August 05, 2016 | September 2016 Issue (p. 36)

    A work of relentless mental terrorism, Orphan is one of the more artfully depraved properties to hit the multiplex in ages... Its success rests in no small part on the wholly committed performances of Farmiga and Sarsgaard – neither at that point particularly known for genre slumming – as well as Fuhrman, a mannerly little angel in Victorian ruffles who punches across lines like, "I'll cut your hairless little prick off before you even figure out what it's for" with Soviet bloc sang-froid.

  • I prefer Collet-Serra's action films if only because I think that's where his set of talents is put on full display, but this is his through and through best work, a genuinely unsettling horror film that taps into real fears, always working multiple angles where others would put all their eggs in one basket and milk it to death—most notably, the portrayal of a casually deteriorating marriage in the wake of trauma here is subtly devastating.