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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All the children are gone... except one.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£208,885 (United Kingdom), 11 November 2011, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Isaac Hempstead Wright (Tom Hill) and Joseph Mawle (Edward Judd, the groundskeeper) also star together in Game of Thrones (2011) as uncle and nephew. Mawle portrayed Benjen Stark, brother of Ned Stark, while Wright portrays Bran Stark, Ned Stark's son. In addition, Ian Hanmore (Albert Flood) portrays Pyat Pree. See more »

Goofs

When Florence went into the hidden compartment and found the stuffed rabbit, the rabbit played a recorded song. At this point in history, toys only contained small music boxes, which played chiming music. The closest thing was the "Lioretgraph Jumeau" which sang a maximum of 35 words using a small phonograph. More advanced singing toys didn't make their appearance until the late 1930's and early 40's. 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 »

Connections

References The Changeling (1980) See more »

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Oh Coccinelle
Written by Nick Murphy
Performed by Nick Murphy
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Gorgeous cinematography, muddled plot.
7 May 2012 | by hugomelo600See all my reviews

I love old-fashioned ghost stories, both in literature and in moving picture. It's a harder genre than people give credit to, especially because it's age. Since it has been done to death, almost every possibility and approach seems to have been covered. However, there are movies that have taken the this tired formula and made splendid films - The Orphanage is a good example of a ghost story done right. The Awakening started off right. The acting was good, the mood was efficiently set and the cinematography gorgeous to look at. I was many times at absolute awe at the beautiful images and camera shots that the movie boosted. However, the central thing in a movie is it's plot, and that's where things get shaky. The plot wasn't that great to begin with and as it progressed became less interesting, managing nonetheless to sustain my interest throughout until the end, which was by far the film's greatest weakness. The ending "twist" came too late and was done with too much haste, which hurt it's already shaky believability. I think the ending despite being far-fetched could still work if done more competently and with more preparation. It's still an enjoyable movie, but the beautiful and eerie imagery would be much better served by a better plot. All in all, a solid 5 for the film, 10 for the cinematography. This cinematographer deserves to be well known, assuming he isn't already.


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