Mandarin Pixie Dream Girls.
An act of genius-level comic film editing sustained at such a high pitch for 121 minutes that it is exhilarating and ultimately exhausting. I watch this movie with my thumb on the "Pause" button just so I can replay certain moments to try and track the number of jokes being cleverly set up, delivered, or unexpectedly expanded upon.
Name one movie that is
a) directed by a woman,
b) filmed by a woman,
b) about women, and
c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.
I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.
Wow. I am not exaggerating. That was one of the most exhilarating moviegoing experiences of my lifetime.
CAUTION: Read as little as possible about the specifics of this film. In particular — if you want one of the year's best surprises — avoid any list of voice actors for this film. There's a voice that shows up just over halfway through that made me laugh out loud for joy and the sheer audacity of the decision. Save as many big…