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Trance (2013)

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An art auctioneer becomes mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.


Danny Boyle


Joe Ahearne (screenplay), John Hodge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Simon
Vincent Cassel ... Franck
Rosario Dawson ... Elizabeth
Danny Sapani ... Nate
Matt Cross Matt Cross ... Dominic
Wahab Sheikh Wahab Sheikh ... Riz
Mark Poltimore Mark Poltimore ... Francis Lemaitre
Tuppence Middleton ... Young Woman in Red Car
Simon Kunz ... Surgeon
Michael Shaeffer ... Security Guard #1
Tony Jayawardena Tony Jayawardena ... Security Guard #2
Vincent Montuel Vincent Montuel ... Handsome Waiter
Jai Rajani Jai Rajani ... Car Park Attendant
Spencer Wilding ... 60's Robber
Gursharan Chaggar Gursharan Chaggar ... Postman


A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated. Written by Fox Searchlight

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Inside the mind. Outside the law.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France


English | French

Release Date:

27 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En trance See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,145, 7 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,319,187, 2 June 2013
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rosario Dawson goes fully nude in this film. See more »


Simon shot the revolver using one bullet. So there must be five more bullets left in the revolver since normally only six bullets in a revolver. But we can hear he shot another eight more shots from his revolver to the burning car without ever reloading. See more »


[first lines]
Simon: [auctioneer is barking prices] There is a painting, it's by Rembrandt. 'Storm On The Sea Of Galilee', it's called, and he's in it. Old Rembrandt, he's in the painting. He's in there, right in the middle of the storm, looking straight at you. But... you can't see him. And the reason you can't see him is because the painting has been stolen.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits have rolled, the audience hears the familiar five taps on the glass window that was an iconic audible signature throughout the film. See more »


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Here It Comes
Written & Performed by Emeli Sandé and Rick Smith
Emeli Sandé appears courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
Courtesy of Emeli Sandé and Smith Hyde Productions
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Boyle's Vision Creates Another Winner
22 April 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Trance (2013)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Danny Boyle's latest is yet another familiar genre that the director manages to make his own thru his visionary style that is constantly adding a touch of greatness to stuff viewers might be familiar with. The complicated story involves Simon (James McAvoy), an art auctioneer who gets into a gambling debt and then enters bad guy Frank (Vincent Cassel) who sets up a heist for a priceless Goya painting. During the robbery Simon gets a knock on his head, which causes him to forget where he hid the picture so enters a hypnosis (Rosario Dawson) to try and figure out where it's at. Part film noir, part mystery, part drama and part psychological thriller, TRANCE is a form of picture we've seen countless times before but director Boyle adds his style and really makes it quite a fun trip. There's all sorts of double crossings and you're never quite sure if what you're watching is real or perhaps just something inside someone's mind. I really thought Boyle did a terrific job at constantly keeping the viewer guessing but at the same time he never makes it too confusing to where we lose track of what's going on. I really liked the way Boyle handled not only the real life stuff but the added touch he gives the "dream" sequences were quite good and especially one sequence that reveals itself at the end and something I won't spoil for you. Another thing that keeps the picture moving are the terrific performances. Cassel is simply wonderful as the bad guy who finds himself having to work two different people to try and get what he wants. McAvoy is also excellent as you really do believe his lack of memory and the actor manages to make you feel for the character up till the very end. The picture, however, belongs to Dawson who turns in the best work of her career. This is really a full character that she manages to jump into and she also manages to bring out so much from it. She perfectly makes you believe she's this intelligent woman but she also brings you into the mystery of not being able to believe what she's really up to. The hype around her full frontal nude scene will probably get most people talking but they should also mention the terrific performance. TRANCE also features a great, thrilling score, some terrific cinematography and of course there's the story itself. The movie is certainly very much worth seeing as Boyle once again takes a familiar genre and turns it upside down.

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