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article imageReview: 'Trance' is putting audiences under its spell Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Apr 13, 2013 in Entertainment
‘Trance’ is about an art auctioneer who must employ a hypnotherapist to help him recover a lost painting for his criminal partners.
In spite of the effort you are about to read, Trance is not an easy picture to talk about. The synopsis will sound quite simple, but the moving picture reality is anything but. In the end, the key message of this will remain “see this movie.”
Simon West (James McAvoy) works at an auction house. When a particularly valuable painting is put on the block, he teams up with Frank (Vincent Cassel) and his crew to steal the art piece. However, during the robbery he suffers a violent blow to the head that results in amnesia and misplaced loot. Determined to have his payday, Frank forces Simon to see Dr. Elizabeth Lamb, a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson), to help him recover his memory. But there are a lot more walls to break through than they expected.
Through a combination of damaged memories and hypnotic suggestions, this film blurs the line between real and imaginary. Bouncing around in Simon's mind, the viewer's perception becomes as shaken as his. It's obvious there is more to the story: details being withheld; plans being put into action. The frustration and attraction is in not knowing who is holding the ball. However, in a rare moment of brilliance and enlightenment, as the characters unravel the story begins to finally come together.
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Elizabeth says she is taking an extra interest in the case because she’s tired of the mundane problems of her patients. But in spite of her blasé attitude, hypnosis is the driving force of the film. The glass walls and tight corridors create an eye-catching aesthetic. The red and orange tinted visions, and transparency assigned to secret encounters adds to the complex narrative. The contrast between daytime and night scenes is extreme, constantly reminding the viewer to pay attention to the details.
This is a film that must be experienced. The fragmented, distorted poster is the perfect analogy for this striking picture that will absorb audiences from start to finish.
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson
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