The Summoning (Planetarium) (2017)


Critic Consensus: The Summoning (Planetarium) looks out on a constellation of potentially brilliant ideas, but proves fatally unable to find its focus.


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Paris, at the end of the 30s, Laura and Kate Barlow are two young sister fortune-tellers, just finishing their European tour. Exhausted by the tour and faced with the competition of new practices, they meet André Korben, a big cinema producer. He is a controversial visionary; the owner of the largest cinema studio in France, using the latest American techniques to keep his company out of the doldrums. Out of a desire to test his own scepticism and a keen sense of curiosity, Korben invites the two sisters to hold a private séance: the result turns his world upside down. He is so disturbed he offers them a contract to try out ambitious experiments... He tells himself that cinema must innovate and surprise to evolve: that he can make the first truly authentic ghost-film. But Laura quickly gathers that Korben has other, more secret reasons for having employed them. Together they end up forming a strange family with increasingly disturbing relations...

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

A singular, at times haunting experience.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

For all of its virtues and distinctions, Planetarium isn't a comprehensive experience; it's a teeming and gleeful grab bag of deft cinematic flourishes.

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

A film that looks promising on paper but has no idea how to put its ingredients together.

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's unusual to see such excellence in costumes, sets and cinematography lavished on this degree of narrative muddle.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Numerous potentially interesting ideas orbit one another in Planetarium, but none boasts sufficient gravity to merit a landing, it seems.

Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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There are plenty of movies about movies that put a spotlight on creating movie magic. This may be the first one about actual magic in movies.

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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