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It's a rare instance when a ghost story transcends being merely a genre film, which is not to say that director Nick Murphy's feature film debut doesn't have all the tension and scares you may expect, but it creates a weightier setting for the horror than we normally get. The Awakening is just as much a film about the post-wwi period in which it's set as it is about ghosts, putting it in the same general wheelhouse as movies like Alejandro Amenabar's The Others and Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone though also possibly something we're more likely to see on "Masterpiece Theatre" than we might at the local drive-in.

It's 1921 and Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of "Seeing Through Ghosts" and London's foremost expert on debunking paranormal hoaxes, attends a séance which ends abruptly as she calls the whole thing as a hoax and the police »

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