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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…
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…
For such a whimsical film that resembles a fleeting, idyllic dream—at times, it was so awfully frightening it felt like I was watching a David Lynch film. The nightmarish landscape that rears its head out when the sun is down is so black, and so sinister I was cowering in anticipation for the worst things to happen.
That being said, this film is still a really pleasant tour through some astonishingly beautiful scenes and images. The connotations of youth and innocence make me wonder whether it was intentionally supposed to be so chilling at times. Nevertheless, this is easily one of the most underrated films you have to see. I'm hoping Lucile will stop collaborating with her husband and make more films like this.
35mm at 5th Ave w Jonathon
hmmm hm hmm mm
lovely beginning, bold color palette,
doesn't go many places, but I don't think it intends to
on paper this is something i'd expect to hate, but because it was so beautiful and loving when it could have easily been cruel for shock value, it hooked me. it's bizarre and pretty bleak but not totally cynical, just a genuine expression of complicated emotions. simultaneously the best and worst movie to watch when your daughter is about to finish 4th grade and you're feeling very heavy about it.
with sean, christof, mitchell and ashley at 5th ave on 35. one of those movies that belongs on film.
best shot is in the forest, a long tracking shot shows the girls playing or practicing, and then ascends up a tree. the camera moves like a bubble, like the girls' lives are contained.
Post SON OF SAUL. 35mm. Sparkles and flickers galore. Resonant cinematography. With Shannon, Chris, Mitchell and Ashley. Shannon shared her burrito bowl.
Nice quiet movie, still uncertain if the conclusion is meant as a punchline or an anticlimax, perhaps both?
A less vitriolic Dogtooth, that messes around with ideas of matriarchal utopias and control, before sort of concluding that its all problematic. Paints female maturation as perpetually sad and disappointing, isn't everything? Unsure if I want the atmosphere/setting to be cranked up more or not. It would undoubtedly upset things in some way or another.
Nice 35mm with friends, was a nightmare to build.
The girls are shown in light and then dark and then light and then dark, their lives intertwined due to a shared meditative state of carelessness. Innocence is what life is about but it becomes horrifying because Hadzihalilovic sees shadows in daytime rather than light at nighttime (and these shadows are what she explores with her almost-entirely-static camera).
As usual i was captured immediately by the ominous humming sound that is present at the very beginning of the movie. You get sucked into it from the very first moment on. Then a coffin arrives. A little girls is in it. That's where the mystery starts. Why are they brought onto the compound in a coffin, why is there a wall around it, why are there secret meetings late at night. Over the course of the movie the mystery surrounding the things that happen in Innocence are present. The viewer has to figure everything that is happening in the fairy tale surroundings out for him/herself.
Symbolism in the movie is innocence. Enhanced by the white dresses of the girls.…
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It starts daringly and sets the expectations for gothic creepiness high enough. A group of little girls enters a room slowly, one after the other, and opens a coffin where a newcomer, the youngest, lays asleep. But from then on it's all quietness and composure. The sinister takes over silently, without any theatrics and eventually the voyeur whose enjoyment this place was created for doesn't even need to show his face to manifest.
No less disquieting is the quasi-consolatory ending.
Found a used copy on DVD and just like its fairy tale theme, this picture turns out to be a little lost treasure! Spooky yet, astonishingly beautiful. Filled with dreamy imagery that evokes a certain dread, as if the viewer knows it's all going to come to a horrible end. Minus a star (or in this case half a star from being classic or cult worthy) for an ambiguous story that leaves almost everything for the audience to decipher.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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