[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.
I can honestly state that I have never seen a film like Innocence before...and I have seen quite a few films. But it is the surreal, striking imagery, successful mood and atmosphere, and most extraordinarily, the performances of the young actresses which carry the film, that make it such a singular experience.
The movie tells a story, but it's more like a parable, or a fairy tale of sorts...in a secluded wood, a school for young girls exists. There is no contact with the outside world, no leaving the grounds, no boys, and almost no adults, save for a few elderly matrons who cook and clean for the girls, and two stern strange young schoolteachers. The girls range in ages…
From the first moment on you get captured by a ominous humming. A girl arrives in a coffin and that's where the mystery starts. It's a wondefull movie where you have to figure everything out for yourself what is going on in this fairytale like world. Symbolic is, same as the title, Innocence. This comes through in the white dresses that all the girls wear.
Audio/visually absolutely stunning. Cinematography by Benoît Debie is simply said amazing (The floating through the playing girls shot "wow") where the forest and its green colours come through mindblowing. Music is very good, as are the sounds.
I didn't realize Montessori schools were this weird.
beautiful cinematography, not so beautiful young girl fetish
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Strange and mysterious in the most unsettling way possible because you never truly find out what is going on.
Innocence begins with a young girl emerging from a coffin in what appears to be an all girls boarding school. She's greeted by her fellow students in an almost cultish manner as they explain to her the rules of the school. With an opening like that it's hard not to believe that something horrible is going to happen. However this is a film where nothing is what it seems... Or is it?
Innocence seems to dare the viewer to imagine a scenario that's more sinister than what's on display because the tone and score provide such an intensely eerie atmosphere that's…
A eerie, enigmatic film. Atmosphere atmosphere atmosphere.
Watched in anticipation of Hadžihalilović's "Evolution" at TIFF 2015 (seeing it with Yuki on the 14th).
Location: Home, projected
This was such a pleasant surprise. I went in knowing nothing, not expecting anything and was utterly entranced.
As affecting as it is perplexing, it calls to mind stuff like Picnic at Hanging Rock in the way it revels in its mystery, as well as Victor Erice's feature films with their slow, pensive rhythm and strong connection to nature.
Hadzihalilovic does an incredible job of creating a world for you to just plunge into and walk around in. The school itself is confined and airless, while the grounds instill a welcome feeling of ease amidst the disquiet. Especially the many inserts of waters, calm or harsh.
The cinematography isn't as garish as what we've come to expect from Benoît Debie,…
Un gruppo di bambine comprese tra la tarda infanzia e la pre adolescenza vivono recluse in un misterioso collegio situato all'interno di un bosco circondato da un muro che non possono valicare. Film fortemente simbolico sull'adolescenza, dalle atmosfere disturbanti (soprattutto all'inizio, quando l'età delle bambine in oggetto mette a disagio). Richiami mentali a L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps per la moltiplicità di simboli dietro ai quali perdersi, a Gaspar Noé (inevitabilmente, non foss'altro perché la regista è sua moglie, nonché la sceneggiatrice di Enter the void) e a Giorgos Lanthimos, per la creazione di mondi altri con regole proprie.
One of the greatest films regarding childhood I've ever seen.
Slow but precise, the atmosphere is gold and the little kids are astonishing.
First published by EyeforFilm
A hermetically sealed world, a hidden theatre, a mystifying narrative full of hauntingly beautiful images, an indefinable sense of menace and a soundtrack dominated by old gramophone records, over-amplified ambient sounds and the ominous bass rumblings of unseen machinery. This might serve as a description of David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977) and yet applies just as well to Lucile Hadzihalilovic's different, but equally unsettling, debut feature Innocence. Loosely adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1888 symbolist novella Mine-Haha: The Corporal Education Of Young Girls, the film is a dark, dreamlike fantasy, set in a peculiar boarding school.
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