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.
Let's see if I can do this from memory: page turn, scrambled egg, bird flapping, cookie cutters, split face, tree, hands washing, man walking, meat grinding, painter, kid on swing, construction work, nuts, ball bounce, shoelaces, steam-pipe, tinker toys, rhino, tire change, orange peeling, city lights, fire, wheat, waves
Zorns Lemma is the first experimental film I've seen where I felt as if I were the subject of the experiment. It challenges your perception and your patience. There's a constant…