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TRANCE (2013) Official Plot Synopsis: Danny Boyle, Vincent Cassel

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Trance Plot Synopsis. The official plot synopsis for Danny Boyle‘s Trance (2013) has been released. Trance sounded like your standard caper gone amiss film until the part that the therapist plays in the movie became clear. This could be interesting if it is handled right and the viewer cares about the journey Boyle takes them on.

 The official plot synopsis for Trance:

TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.

In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.

More on the plot of the film and its aesthetics:

Interestingly, although the plot descriptions suggest McAvoy’s Simon is the protagonist, USA Today reports that in fact, Dawson’s character is at the center of the film. “It’s the first time I put a woman at the heart of a movie,” Boyle told the newspaper.

That move allowed him to present a fresh take on a classic genre. ”I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion,” he said. “Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged.”

Trance stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Danny Sapani, Lee Nicholas Harris, Sam Creed, Ben Cura, Hamza Jeetooa, and Alex Roseman.

Leave your thoughts on Trance‘s plot synopsis and Danny Boyle’s other new films below in the comments section. For more Trance photos, videos, and information, visit our Trance Page, subscribe to us by Email, follow us on Twitter or on FacebookTrance will be released in UK theaters on March 27, 2013. Trance has no US theater release date yet.

Source: Imdb, Usatoday, Slashfilm, Thefilmstage


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