The film follows a fine art auctioneer who gets caught up in the dealings of a criminal gang.
In an attempt to recover a valuable lost painting, the gang enlists the help of a hypnotherapist (played by Dawson) to delve into the auctioneer’s mind where they are convinced the answer is hidden.
A-list actors are well known for researching their roles thoroughly and Dawson appears to be no exception. She told the press that although she didn’t have any specific problem (i.e. smoking addiction), she went along to a hypnotherapy session anyway to see what it was all about.
She said: “I think it works actually, quite well. I laid down and she put a blanket over me because when you go into a trance state it’s sort of like being in between sleep and awake, so your body thinks it’s falling asleep. So I got cold and then I relaxed and I went along with her voice and it was really comforting. My body did those little spasms that it does when you’re falling asleep.”
She went on to explain how, upon waking, the hypnotherapist seemed to know things Dawson didn’t recall revealing. When she asked how that was possible, the hypnotherapist said she had given away small signals when certain topics were bought up, such as a foot twitch. Hypnotherapists are trained to pick up on these small signals the subconscious gives away, which allows them to get quickly to the route of a problem.
Dawson said she has gained a lot of respect for the profession after her experience, which she then translated into her role playing a hypnotherapist.
Oscar winning director Boyle has described ‘Trance’ as the ‘evil cousin of the Olympics’ – supposedly because of its mind-bending plot.
Trance opens in UK cinemas today.
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