|August 17, 2012 (Limited)
|Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel
|Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy
|BBC Films / Cohen Media Group/Entertainment One
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.