The Awakening

Release August 17, 2012 (Limited)
Cast Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel
Director Nick Murphy
Writer Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio BBC Films / Cohen Media Group/Entertainment One
Length 101 mins.


The year is 1921. England remains dev­astated by the loss of so many lives over the course of the First World War. Modern science continues to make strides, while religious faith and 19th-century spiri­tualism are increasingly marginalized within educated society. There is much to grieve, yet traditional sources of consolation are ruthlessly questioned.

Enter Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), renowned author and debunker of hoaxes. She's called to a provincial boarding school to explain away sightings of a phantom boy. Though she's an enlightened and respectful skeptic, what she discovers at Rockwood will prompt her to reconsider her deductive tac­tics—and send her mind spiralling back to a distant, forgotten past.

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