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The Awakening (2011)

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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

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Nick Murphy

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Stephen Volk (screenplay), Nick Murphy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Florence Cathcart
Dominic West ... Robert Mallory
Imelda Staunton ... Maud Hill
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Tom Hill
Shaun Dooley ... Malcolm McNair
Joseph Mawle ... Edward Judd
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Harriet Cathcart
Richard Durden ... Alexander Cathcart
John Shrapnel ... Reverend Hugh Purslow
Cal MacAninch ... Freddie Strickland
Lucy Cohu ... Constance Strickland
Anastasia Hille ... Dorothy Vandermeer
Andrew Havill ... George Vandermeer
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Vera Flood
Ian Hanmore ... Albert Flood
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Storyline

In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

All the children are gone... except one.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Buđenje See more »

Filming Locations:

Berwickshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£208,885 (United Kingdom), 11 November 2011, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The painting, of two woman killing a man, that is said to be the boys' favorite is titled "Judith beheading Holofernes" and painted in 1612 by Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652). See more »

Goofs

After finding her cigarette case in the pillow that she's ripped open, Florence goes outside with feathers stuck in her hair. In the next shot, however, the feathers are gone and her hair is clean again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vera Flood: [answering the door] Miss Simpson? Are you prepared?
Florence Cathcart: [yes] I brought this.
[shows photograph of a soldier]
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Crazy Credits

[opening title] Observation: Between 1914 and 1919, war and influenza claimed more than a million lives in Britain alone. Conclusion: This is a time for ghosts. Florence Cathcart "Seeing Through Ghosts" p7 See more »

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Featured in The Awakening: Behind the Scenes (2012) See more »

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Oh Coccinelle
Written by Nick Murphy
Performed by Nick Murphy
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Ghosts in every closet.
1 February 2012 | by nick-yeo-mainSee all my reviews

Ghost debunking author, spiritual hoax nemesis and early benefactor of the suffragette movement, Florence, is invited to a boys boarding school where the children are terrorised by a phantom child and the teachers by the aftermath of WW1. She is to debunk the ghost story and return the school to business as usual.

A rational explanation quickly reveals itself, through the simple application of Holmesian deduction, a chemistry, set and some bells on strings. However, haunted by her personal sense of guilt and loss, Florence finds the rational solution unsatisfactory and searches instead for an antidote to her own suffering.

Haunting cinematography, a strong cast and a story line which supports both suspense and character depth, enable this film to stand alongside "the orphanage" and "the Others" rather than being shadowed by them.

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Gerardmer Film Festival in France.


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