Orphan (Orpheline) (2016)



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Four moments in the lives of four female characters. Sandra's youth as she moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. Karine's teenage years, an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. The childhood of a little girl called Kiki, captured as a game of hide and seek turns to tragedy. And finally the grown-up life of Renée, a woman who thought she was safe from her own past. Gradually, we come to understand that these four characters are actually different sides of the same woman.


Critic Reviews for Orphan (Orpheline)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

"Orphan" turns out to be des Pallières' most accessible film for general audiences, who should be seduced by his appealing cast: Gemma Arterton and Sergi López are also part of the game.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Four women never become one.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Confusing, disconcerting... [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 29, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The awkward pair is central to a scene meant to be a narrative turning point and cross-cutting tour de force, but which feels botched and confusing instead, a textbook example of the aforementioned dramatic liposuction

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

This film, like it's central character is wilfully complex and surprisingly fluid, wrong-footing us as we try to fill in the spaces between each vignette at the same time as drawing us to its thriller component.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5 | Full Review…

Audiences may feel that ultimately they're getting less than promised - and certainly less resolution than even the most ardent fans of art-house open-endedness might hope for.

Sep 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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