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Not the Movie About the Doctor

by Melanie

The Awakening is a 2011 ghost story/suspense feature. It is set in England, post World War I , in a manor house converted to a school. Naturally, there are unexplained deaths and an extra student body who appears blurrily in the yearly group portait.

Enter Florence Cathcart, played by hot ticket actress Rebecca Hall (The Prestige) a non-believing ghosthunter hired to expose fakes and chicanery. Lucky for her, and us, one of the teachers is played by Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour) and romance ensues! Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Cranford) plays the over-friendly schoolmistress.

There's plenty of make-you-jump-scenes, but be forewarned, this is a psychological thriller for those who enjoyed The Woman in Black, and The Village and movies of that ilk, not horror movies like Saw. The "awakening" in the movie is downright psychiatric, but I'll leave it at that. Fans of Midsomer Murders and period British fare such as Downtown Abbey might enjoy this one, too.