[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
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.
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.
Atmospheric mind-fuck movie. Whatever--not my thing.
Best part is the Special Features: It includes one called "The Movie Explained: By Zoe Auclair." And I was like "Wow, that's a surprisingly on-the-nose inclusion for this type of movie. The name "Zoe Auclair" seemed kind of familiar but I couldn't quite place it, until seconds after I clicked play: Zoe Auclair was the 7-year-old star of the movie. "The Movie Explained" is *her* explanation of what the movie is about. (She really liked the parts where she got to swim.)
Bumping it up an entire star for that alone.
Always be yourself. Unless you can be a vampire. Then always be a vampire.
The deliberate pacing tested my patience at first, but the second half got me. I came away liking the minimalism and unique tone, which was concurrently realistic and abstract like a dream. I think singer Marianne Faithful's description of the book on which this is based is apt: "A fairy tale that morphs into something far more grotesque - a psycho-sexual Expressionist fable."
Beautifully filmed, I can't stress that more. When you're dealing with cinematographer Benoit Debie, that has to be expected. The colours, the framing all superb. Soundtrack was great as well, very unsettling and damn right creepy at times. The story is good, a little hard to follow at times, didn't help the copy I watched, the subtitles were tiny and didn't show up well against it's back-drop. Didn't bother me that much though, I just sat back and soaked up the visuals. The main actresses, all mostly children, were very good as well. Supporting cast, including Marion Cotillard were just as good. Oh and Lucile Hadzihalilovic it's a decent director, watched this in anticipation of her latest, Evolution. I couldn't be more excited about seeing it now.
movies directed by women,
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