Remarkably successful at creeping out the audience. Perhaps the thing I admired most about it is that the movie stares right back at you. Most ghost/horror/suspense films show something shocking, then quickly cut away. The Innocents doesn't. It lingers on and doesn't allow you the safety of looking away (it makes you do it yourself). The sexual aspects of the film are also handled well: the issues are discussed but the details are not.
Unforgettable scenes: the boy's poetry reading and the woman in the lake (I still shudder thinking about it).
Incredibly funny, tragic and original. I'm surprised there haven't been more attempts at telling this story. I doubt anyone would handle it as deftly as Renais, who is able to shift tones, locations and times wildly and keep you there every step of the way. The melancholy is broken up by humor and soul but it never loses its bite.
Last thought: this handles science/scientists unusually well for a sci-fi flick.
Twenty-four hours later and I still don't know what to think about this film. The one thing I'm sure about is that this is the most visually stunning film I've seen in some time. Whether it's the grand, mind-boggling set-pieces (like the office or the hall of records) or a claustrophobic hallway or the depressing apartment buildings seated in a bombed-out lot, it's all such captivating imagery. I hope that a better copy of the film exists somewhere and that…