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1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knows inside unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.
I watched this with two of my friends on our last day out together. It was supposed to be five of us, but the other two couldn't make it. We were going to watch Jay Chou's newest movie at first, but since it wasn't available yet, I suggested we watch The Awakening instead. And I'm glad we went for this movie.
It started off with the introduction of Florence Cathcart as a highly educated woman who was also highly skeptical of supernatural phenomena. When Robert Mallory (Dominic West) came asking for her assistance to solve the mystery of a certain boy's death, where it involved a ghostly entity as students been claiming to have seen one. Florence, reluctant at first, decided to help solve the case. There was a good character build-up all right through the first few minutes of the movie alone with Florence and Robert. I found both of them extremely likeable and pitiable.
Then the mystery slowly build up as the movie went by. Another thing I like was the careful timing as the plot unravel, it was not too fast, not too slow either. I love the scenes very much especially the one where she was looking into the toy house and saw the miniature people inside. It was a lot more creepy than just having the ghost jump out on you out of nowhere. And it was nice to see Florence, who even though began to get vulnerable with her belief, still remains very headstrong and even attempt to understand the phenomena. She did not immediately went hysterical but remains logical. Though she did lose her head sometimes and went berserk, it was still realistic.
There are some twists that I didn't understand though: like the one where Florence's cigarette case fell into the water and mysteriously appeared in a pillow in a later scene, but there was no explanation for it even when we knew who the ghost was. Or maybe I didn't see and analyse the correct details...
A movie of loneliness and love, carefully interwoven with horror. You should definitely see this one.