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The Awakening review

Feisty spectre sceptic Florence (Rebecca Hall) investigates an old country school haunted (or not) by a creepy kid with a fuzzy face in this post-war ghost yarn in the mould of The Turn Of The Screw .

It’s an assured feature debut for director/co-writer Nick Murphy, with solid turns from Dominic West and Imelda Staunton as the school’s proprietors and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing despite its exposition-heavy revelations.

Creepy, jumpy, if somewhat samey, it’s set above the spooker norm by its strong visuals, grief-steeped period setting and lingering ambiguity.

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