The end of innocence...the beginning of life.
A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.
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" reminds me of the days when I strove for everyone's highest approval. In primary school, I was smart - hell I was considered 'borderline gifted', though I was never the smartest. I can tell you the names of the 3 students who always bet me for the highest grades, who were always chosen to read at assemblies, whose works was always paraded around the class. It angered me more than my tiny body could take, and I still harbour that resentment, that reminder that I'm barely good at anything, let alone the best. I'll never be the chosen one.
I danced for 10 years of my life. Although I'm grateful for those lessons and years of physical activity, I'll…
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).
The first of two films released within a year of each other to be based on a 1903 German novel about a strange and mysterious boarding school for young girls up to the age of about 11 or 12. The second film, The Fine Art of Love, sounds a bit pervy, whereas this version keeps its hands to itself and is more concerned with - as the title suggests - the innocence of its characters. And call me base, but innocence doesn't make for a particularly exciting couple of hours. I was interested to start with, as the school's unusual methods are uncovered a bit at a time, with its rainbow-coded age system and small dorm houses. The school is…
Such an incredibly beautiful film. Loved this so much.
All actresses gave such great performances and almost all of them were child actors.
It just looked so beautiful.
I don't think I was in the right frame of mind for this one. I just found it quite dull.
It looks great and using the boarding school as a metaphor for childhood is a good idea.
Supposedly the book contains darker material, which I think may have just been something that might have held my attention.
Recommended viewing for Boards of Canada fans. Spooky, eerily sensual and lots of children to be counted ánd counting.
No idea what this was about other than some metaphor for womanhood?Evolution made more sense that this. However, this film's mysterious nature is less overtly frightening and a little more compelling. Also, this has Marion Cotillard in yoga pants.
One thing is for sure, Lucile Hadžihalilović is a treasure and I am thankful movies like hers exist.
Meandering but I barely felt it thanks to the way the film builds everything methodically, revealing the characters and situation slowly and steadily right up to the surprising finale. There was never a moment where I wasn't curious about what was coming next. The beautiful imagery helped too, since above all the film is about mood, the unsettling confusion of childhood made palpable and concrete for both the audience and the characters in the film.
Luckily, Lucile Hadzihalilovic doesn't like to explain her endings and believes people should take what they want from her films. So there's no wrong answer, right?
Themes of burgeoning womanhood, curiosity, jealousy and hunger to escape make up this beautiful film, amongst many many others. It's a dream, a tip toe through Wonderland, ominous shadows included and I liked it.
More relatable than Evolution but similar in several ways, both have a fixation with nature, particularly the water, youth and feminity. Powerful stuff.
French mystery drama-film written and directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović, (Gaspar Noe's wife, at her debut) inspired by german playwright Frank Wedekind's 1903 novella Mine-Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls shows this mystifying dreamlike world that is their boarding school, for a bunch of primary age girls and their two teachers, played by Helene de Fougerolles and Marion Cotillard But what is this whole uncanny movie really about? Stupid question … innocence!
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