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The Summoning

1 h 48 min201816+
A mysterious and hypnotic supernatural chiller starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp. In 1930's Paris, American sisters and spiritual mediums Laura and Kate Barlow tour pre-war Europe, where curious spectators join them onstage for a hypnotic séance with the dead.
Rebecca Zlotowski
Natalie PortmanLily-Rose DeppEmmanuel Salinger
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Amira CasarPierre Salvadori
Frédéric Jouve
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2.6 out of 5 stars

21 global ratings

  1. 8% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 24% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 23% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 27% of reviews have 1 stars
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JD HUGHESReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot nonsense.
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It was all there: good acting, direction, staging, costumes... but it went nowhere. It reminded me of the sort of movie turned out by students in the 1960s who were trying to mimic a kind of conservative version of the French Nouvelle Vague movement but had no idea what it actually was.

I won't drone on about the less than imaginative plot, but it seems to me that the script was at fault. It was free of a centre, a heart, and didn't bother to look for one. It is a pity since there were the bones of a good film lurking inside the pomposity and pretension.

Some viewers will enjoy this film. I have no idea why, but they will. You may have gathered I did not, despite the acting, etc., since for me it wasn't entertaining, emotionally involving or even logical, but if you revel in style over substance this is for you.
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KirstyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A dream like film complex but not fully realised.
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This is a visually ravishing feast for the senses. The style is magical and whimsical and rich in colour and sumptous lighting.
Its like watching a fairytale unfold that is drab when it has to be like when showing the aftermath of war.
This is a dense film full of arresting images and sensual allusions. Its rich and heady like an old perfume. Also rich in talent so many good actors scrambled together and natalie portman is both infuriating and beguiling in the title role. She has the duality of a repressed madonna and a would be nymph like siren. Also praise should go to the costumes and sets the period detail is spot on and adds authenticity.
Having said all that i didn,t really like the film lily rose depp is not given any material to work with and just simpers in the background. The story meanders all over the place and instead of being intriging is just irritating. Natalie dominates everything in a commanding performance but when
she is not on screen things are as pale and washed out as lilys complexion.
Its difficult to bring a dream to life dreams are hazy and diffuse so is this film ultimately it does not work
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SophiaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful film
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This is an indie film. If you are not interested in indie films then this probably won't be for you, if the reviews are anything to go by. I found the experience of watching very much like reading a novel; you peer in, you peer out. One gets a glimpse of a number of character's lives, how they are connected and intertwine and then the lens on all of these people zooms out again. The viewer is left and trusted to make their own deductions about what has happened, much more so than in mainstream cinema. A story doesn't always have a flourish of bizarre comedy and conflict, with a shocking ending or feel-good conclusion, can it not just reflect life? (Albeit, the lives the characters lead would be granted to a minority of people in real life).

For me, it was an added joy for the movie to be in French!

The only criticism is the changing of the title, for advertisement to an English-speaking audience. The reviews clearly show people have felt mislead about what they thought they'd be watching. The title makes it seem like the movie will be some sort of horror movie with lots of jump scares. "Planetarium," the French title, suits the tone of the movie more.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
An alternative supernatural film
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Not exactly what I would have expected from a description such as 'supernatural', but beautifully set. I loved that it was based in the 1940's in France and I loved the transition throughout the film between subtitles and English, it would have been ruined if it had been spoken in one language only, it added a romanticism to the story. Personally I thought the acting was sound, the plot although not what I had thought kept me watching throughout. Very touching at the end. Well-worth a watch, a decent film and awesome alternative to the very common 'Hollywood' films that are churned out these days.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I fell asleep
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I fell asleep
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mind-numbingly boring
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I only just made it past half way. Don't bother.
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miss julieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
beautifully filmed
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just Wow!! beautifully filmed and amazing cast
It was liking watching a theatre production on film
ShraddhaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
save ur time
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