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Innocence (2000)

R | | Drama | 9 November 2001 (USA)
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After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with ... See full summary »

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Claire
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Andreas Borg (as Charles Tingwell)
Kristine Van Pellicom ...
Young Claire
Kenny Aernouts ...
Young Andreas
Terry Norris ...
John
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Monique
Robert Menzies ...
David
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Norman Kaye ...
Gerald
Joey Kennedy ...
Sally
Liz Windsor ...
Maudie
Dawn Klingberg ...
Restaurant Owner
Peter Berger ...
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Kate Roberts ...
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Michaela Cantwell ...
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After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with his one great love, Claire, who is still married to her first husband, John. Andreas and Claire find that the connection they shared when they were young is still there and they soon become involved in a rekindled love affair. However, this time around, there are more complications, including the possibilities of ill health and death, as well as the impact their relationship might have on John. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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First love, second chance. See more »

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Amor Eterno Amor  »

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$20,707 (USA) (17 August 2001)

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$292,824 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Claire: It isn't always possible to resist... to obey the rules and deny the things that really matter.
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Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Jerusalem
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Lyrics by William Blake
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Played on the organ by Andreas in the last church scene
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As a cautionary tale and a lyric expression of love's power, few current movies can match this film's quiet honesty.
30 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writer, director Paul Cox's `Innocence' may be about senior-citizen love, but it really is about how we must be ready when love arrives or when it returns, no matter at what age. As a cautionary tale and a lyric expression of love's power, few current movies can match this film's quiet honesty.

At the same time, `Innocence' has enough aphorisms and platitudes about love and life to make it qualify for the `I am Sam/Majestic' sugar trophy. Heroine Claire's leaden comment, `Too much love is as bad as no love at all,' is one of the winners.

But then when she says to her elderly friend before their lovemaking, "If we're going to do this--let's do it like grownups. First, close the curtains. Then, close your eyes," I have to admit it made me consider that bedroom antics at any age are pretty goofy in the cold light of maturity. In this way, Cox has caught the humanity that crosses all age lines and doesn't need the excessive silent intercutting of numerous romantic reveries from the protagonists' youth.

If you see `Innocence,' you may never have to see another love story. The romance between these two almost 70 year olds is fraught with uncertainty, deception, longing, passion, and regret. It is honest about the choices we make and their consequences. It is hopeful about our ability to recoup our losses and begin again, even at life's end.

So, like our own lives and loves, the film is alternately sublime and ridiculous. View it if only to witness on film the first and last time you will see septuagenarians making love. Hey, they look just as silly as the rest of us.


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