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.
Images are immersed from water, through the Forrest and arriving at an empty hallway. Six year old, Iris wakes up from the coffin placed in the hallway, she is surrounded by six girls who take her to their room. They groom and dress her along with exchanging ribbons as per their age. Iris starts to feel homesick as she asks for her brother and mother. Bianca, the eldest among them takes Iris under her wing, explaining her ins and outs of the new place she is in.
The conversations are minimal, a curiosity is emerged about the place. The girls are placed in a controlled environment, told to follow the rules. There are no visits from anyone and the principal…
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.
Gorgeous, sublimely understated allegory of girlhood, focusing on quiet moments and ritualistic symbolism. Between this and EVOLUTION I am digging Lucile Hadžihalilović's penchant for creating matriarchal societies with a surrealist bent.
It made me nostalgic for those years in my childhood/youth when I was just discovering what I loved most about film and was still busy discovering all the Picnic At Hanging Rocks and Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders and Daisies of the world.
A haunting dystopian dream narrative.
A puberdade é um pesadelo...
Day 12/31 of Womanifesto challenge: Innocence (2004), dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France.
(I have been quite busy so I’ll have to catch up with some reviews)
Why should you watch this movie? Let me describe you the opening scene. We emerge from bubbles of water, which becomes the linking thread of the movie. Suddenly, we are inside a house, a boarding house. We see the interior of the house: the house, the table, nearly everything.
In the next scene, we see a coffin in the middle of a room.
Someone comes in, clearly a little child, with high socks and Sunday school shoes. We don’t see her face, only her legs. She curiously walks around the coffin, occasionally touching it. Another…
This is another Lucile Hadzihalilovic flick, and it's a good companion piece to Evolution. The characters at the center of all this are pre-pubescent girls. In Evolution, it's boys. Like Evolution, this bewilders poetically, intentionally leaving loose threads and remaining open to interpretation. I think the symbolism and meaning of this one might be a little more obvious, however. That's not to say I actually understood this completely because I didn't. But with caterpillars, walls, legs, and trains, it felt a little more explicit. The movie's frequently without dialogue, and along with the deliberate pace, it leaves you a lot of space to collect your thoughts. It's frequently beautiful, especially in opening and closing shots of swirly water. You're given…
Manages to be really peaceful and really unsettling all at once, and has one of the top 10 final scenes ever imho.
Uncanny. Secretly hided child porn.
I dont really now how to review this since it would be more like reviewing a dream or a mood or a memory I cant quite remember, but whatever it was it was sad, sweet, strange and special and so very long, long lost.
Muy, muy especial.
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