The Awakening (2011) is a British horror movie directed by Nick Murphy.
Synopsis: It's 1921 in England. Many are suffering from the aftermath of World War I; influenza is running rampant; and many believe in ghosts.
Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), an educated female writer who debunks the supernatural is called by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate some ghostly sightings at a remote boys' boarding school. Aided by the elderly school matron Maud (Imelda Staunton), Florence finds that the more she investigates, the more she unravels the past, of which she may have to debunk her own disbelief of the supernatural.
Horror movies with ghost kids always give you a kind of unforgettable tingle and chill. The Awakening is this kind of horror movie. Another good example is El Orfanato, a Spanish horror movie.
This is a hauntingly beautiful yet sad ghost story. It's not entirely scary but it has its fair share of jumps and jolts that leave you feeling chilly. In fact, there are more than enough shivery moments, especially the ones involving a creepy dollhouse and old photographs. The twist ending is surreal but it's good enough as a nicely done closure to such a beautiful story. You might find yourself deep in thought, thinking about life and the afterlife.
The tagline on the poster is true indeed: Visually sumptuous and chilling. Rebecca Hall is magnificent. This is director Nick Murphy's first feature. Kudos!
If you're looking for some haunted moments, this movie should be on your list.