The Awakening (2011) – ★★★★☆

The Awakening is a smart, literate, old-fashioned ghost story.
The Awakening is a smart, literate, old-fashioned ghost story.
Rebecca Hall takes on the supernatural in The Awakening, a surprisingly effective, atmospheric ghost story set in England shortly after the first World War.

Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a professional skeptic who’s become famous for debunking supernatural phenomena and exposing charlatans in England in the wake of the war and the Influenza Epidemic. The film’s opening title—a quote from the fictional Florence—states “this is a time for ghosts.”

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