The end of innocence...the beginning of life.
A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.
A whole infinite universe of possible interpretations, perspectives, even personal feelings can circle around the concept of “innocence”, which we most often associate to purity, naïveté towards evil, ingenuousness towards sexuality, a lack of ability to measure personal acts, peaceful or violent. An Eden can come to mind, illustrated or not, real or theoretical. This place must be untouched by neoliberalism, industrialization, consumerism trends, or complex socioeconomic or political structures. Innocence entails a perception of safety, maybe even Nature in its least contaminated form. Now, can innocence be so pure that the possibility of it being destroyed by external forces opposite to its nature exists, or is purity a transcendent idea which ideological form shall prevail, allowing no extermination or…
Innocence is a beautiful little gem of a film that on release got unfair reviews, often times accused of having leery and morally dubious content. Of course, these allegations are plain wrong, as nothing in the film (other than its ending, if you want to go that far) suggests that the way it looks at the children in it is remotely sexual, instead merely observatory. It's a film that is essentially innocuous and only through the eyes of an adult seems off, which in some ways proves that it works, especially given the title it has. Following a group of girls in a secluded dance school, it's one big allegory for the coming of age, as we watch the girls…
I didn't realize Montessori schools were this weird.
This is, most of all, incredibly atmospheric. Enchanting, nearly. After a while I stopped feeling like I was watching a film; I was simply there, inside the woods with the children. It's strange, the tone and especially the setting made me think something horrible could happen at any moment yet I couldn't (or didn't want to) stop watching. The story is about a group of girls growing up in a boarding school, and there isn't really much else to it, plot-wise. Even though this may sound slightly dull, I wasn't bored for a single moment. It is slow paced, certainly, but I felt very close to the characters and was completely immersed in the short period I got to see of their lives.
Innocence actually sadly earned a spot at Gunaxin.com's list of 100 most disturbing movies. Not that I don't see why, but Innocence is, unlike most movies at that list, disturbing in a way most people should experience it. Hopefully you won't be scared away, for Hadzihalilovic's movie is truly a hidden gem of great cinematic value.
In some ways the experience of Innocence is like the most beautiful doomsday you can imagine. While being uncomfortable to deal with, you just can't take your eyes away. It's slow paced and deliberate in its ways, it's hauntingly beautiful, it's demanding and it's most definitely not everybody's cup of tea. However, the reward for people who actually enjoys this kind of tea is magnificent.
Innocence is a movie-experience unlike anything else I've ever seen, and its originality, cinematography and soundtrack adds up to a modern hidden gem of thought-provoking magnitude you shouldn't overlook.
Innocence opens and closes with a shot of flowing water. Like the rest of this unique, and often strange full length debut by Lucile Hadžihalilović, it's not a randomly chosen image, but just another piece in what is a highly symbolic film. Water, and particularly the flowing water of the fountain and the waterfall that we see, to me indicates constant and neverending movement and change, the flow of life. Not unrelated to that are numerous references to animal life cycles, such as the metamorphosis of a butterfly, or of a moulting of a snake. All of this forms a backdrop to the story of the film itself, which is about a different kind of "transformation" - that of a…
Beautifully shot, edited and constant in all of the visual sense that the movie could have. Even if a bit thematically blunt, I guess that what drives the viewer forward and into this strange world is the need of some sort of resolution, that in the end some of the intricacies of the plot would make some sense, that there was a code, a dictionary, and sure it drove me as well, even if I knew that most probably than not, I wouldn't have one. It is kinda cheaty in that regard, but I guess its thematic bluntness kinda told me that in advance. It's still a beautiful, mysterious, haunting film that I wished I could be less smug about.
A lewd yet hypnotic coming of age story which manages to walk a fine line between dream world and reality.
Recuerdo haberla visto por casualidad hace ya unos cinco años. Volver a verla ha sido una de las mejores decisiones que he tomado. A pesar de que pasó mucho tiempo desde la primera vez que la vi, no deja de parecerme perturbadora. Se presta para muchas interpretaciones y cada detalle es importante.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic demostrando, once años antes de su segunda (y superior) película, que lo suyo es fanatismo por las estrellas, el agua y el sexo femenino.
Una de las pelis más misteriosas que haya visto en años, y venía de ver Evolution, eh.
Poderío visual y buen gusto únicamente mermados por una sobredosis de minutaje.
An extremely honest and hypnotic coming of age story. The film can be viewed as a innocent look at growing up, a horrific account on how society conditions women, or a dystopian depiction of education. No matter which way you look it there is something to gain from watching it.
I eagerly await watching this film again and discovering I was totally wrong about how utterly dull, plodding and poorly edited a waste of 2 hours I thought this was, but for now I unfortunately cannot give it more than 2.5 stars for some impressive performances and lighting effects.
Πρώτη ταινία της χρονιάς και ευτυχώς που κρατάω μερικές ταινίες για κάτι τέτοιες περιπτώσεις, σαν το καλό κρασί στο κελάρι, αυτό μέσα στο δρύινο βαρέλι. Δε θα με εξέπληττε αν ξαφνικά αποκαλύπτονταν ότι ο Αστακός του Λάνθιμου διαδραματίζεται στο ίδια σύμπαν με αυτή την ταινία και αυτό είναι το καλύτερο που μπορώ να πω για την ταινία και μάλλον εκείνο που εκφράζει περισσότερο το πόσο εντυπωσιάστηκα. Επίσης, κανένας Gaspar Noe, άλλος είναι το αστέρι αυτής της οικογένειας. Καλή χρονιά είπαμε; Δεν είπαμε.
A brilliant yet symbolic film about coming of age and the loss of innocence.
Kind of eager to watch it again already. That cinematography is to die for.
I hope the director makes more films.
If you're gonna see one allegorical girl(s) come of age in a bizarre, symbolic otherworld movie, see Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, but if you're gonna see two, make the second Innocence.
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