Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (REBECCA HALL), author of the popular book "Seeing Through Ghosts," has devoted her career to exposing the claims of supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (DOMINIC WEST) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy's ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
For all of its airs of refinement, "The Awakening" is pretty stale stuff.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 08.16.2012
Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 08.08.2012
Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering.Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, 08.14.2012
An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage."Sara Stewart, New York Post, 08.16.2012