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Remember to love, surrender to love, and vow to never, never forget See more »
After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Julia Blake ... Claire
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Andreas Borg (as Charles Tingwell)
Kristine Van Pellicom ... Young Claire
Kenny Aernouts ... Young Andreas
Terry Norris ... John

Marta Dusseldorp ... Monique
Robert Menzies ... David

Chris Haywood ... Minister
Norman Kaye ... Gerald
Joey Kennedy ... Sally
Liz Windsor ... Maudie
Dawn Klingberg ... Restaurant Owner
Peter Berger ... Doctor #1
Kate Roberts ... Doctor #2
Michaela Cantwell ... Nurse
Kyra Cox ... Nurse
Carmel Johnson ... Nurse Jennifer-Claire
Rory Walker ... Male Receptionist
Mary Bleby ... Old Woman in Church
Tommy Darwin ... Cemetery Supervisor
Lucy Slattery ... Waitress
Angela Noack ... Woman in grave
Christine Danton ... Contortionist
Jan Dyck ... Andreas' Father
Peter Gaetjem ... Guitarist
Kerryn Schofield ... Piano Accordionist

Directed by
Paul Cox 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Paul Cox .... producer
William T. Marshall .... executive producer
Mark Patterson .... producer
Willem Thijssen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Grabowsky 
Cinematography by
Tony Clark 
Film Editing by
Simon Whitington 
Production Design by
Tony Cronin 
Makeup Department
Mireille Hoetelmans .... hair stylist: Belgian crew
Mireille Hoetelmans .... makeup artist: Belgian crew
Jodee Lenaine-Smith .... makeup assistant
Suzie Warhurst-Steele .... hair stylist
Suzie Warhurst-Steele .... makeup artist
Production Management
Julie Byrne .... production manager
Joke Clerx .... production manager: Belgian crew
Kim van Oeteren .... unit manager: Belgian crew
Margot Wiburd .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Willem Thijssen .... first assistant director: Belgium
Art Department
Gerd Aertsen .... props: Belgium
Sarah Townsend Gun .... art department attachment
Ludo Volders .... art director: Belgium
Sound Department
Mike Bakaloff .... boom operator (as Michael Bakaloff)
Emma Bortignon .... dialogue editor
Craig Carter .... sound mixer
Craig Carter .... sound
Craig Carter .... supervising sound editor
James Currie .... sound recordist: Belgian crew
James Currie .... sound
Bruce Emery .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Adrian Medhurst .... foley assistant
John Simpson .... foley artist
Simon Whitington .... sound effects editor
Tony Young .... foley recordist
Tony Young .... sound mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Paul Cross .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Wim Cloots .... electrician: Belgium
Kyra Cox .... still photographer: Melbourne
Dirk Favere .... gaffer: Belgium
Koen Firlefijn .... key grip: Belgium
Jon Goldney .... key grip
Charles Kiroff .... gaffer
Gerrit Messiaen .... assistant camera: Belgium
Hugh Miller .... best boy
Judd Overton .... clapper loader
Xavier Rombouts .... still photographer: Belgium
Hans Sonneveld .... assistant camera: Belgium
Hans Sonneveld .... focus puller
Todd Telford .... assistant grip
Felix van Groeningen .... assistant grip: Belgium
Kim van Oeteren .... still photographer: Belgium
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... electrician: Belgium
Jan Vancaillie .... director of photography: Belgium
Casting Department
Sara de Vries-Vinck .... casting: Belgium (as Sara de Vries)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernadette Corstens .... costume designer: Belgium
Erwina Sleutel .... wardrobe: Belgium
Suzie Warhurst-Steele .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ian Letcher .... color grader
Julia MacLeod .... negative matcher
Music Department
David Gallasch .... musician: organ
Roger Glanville-Hicks .... musician: lute
Paul Grabowsky .... musician: piano
Ian Johnson .... musician: organ
Mark Knoop .... musician: accordion
Isabel Morse .... musician: viola
Sarah Morse .... musician: cello
John O'Donnell .... musician: organ
Christine Sullivan .... musician: voice
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Sarah Abbey .... location manager
Julie Byrne .... production coordinator
Bart Eycken .... location manager: Belgium
Dale Fairbairn .... production accountant
John Fairhead .... production runner
Louis Keramidas .... laboratory liaison
Sharon Kerrigan .... assistant coordinator
Mojgan Khadem .... continuity
Ian Letcher .... laboratory liaison
David Lightfoot .... consultant producer
Shaun Miller .... director attachment
Chris Pike .... production runner
Jo Stewart .... post-production script
Oliver Streeton .... title designer
Maite Thijssen .... runner: Belgium (as Maité Thijssen)
Griet Van Cleemput .... runner: Belgium
Leonie Verhoeven .... assistant to director
Leonie Verhoeven .... production assistant: Belgium
Margot Wiburd .... script editor
Ezra Erker .... thanks
Judith Herzberg .... thanks
John Larkin .... thanks
Tony Llewellyn-Jones .... thanks (as Tony Llewellyn Jones)
Judith McCann .... thanks
Marius Murdoch-Cox .... thanks
Malcolm Richards .... thanks
Barbara Ring .... thanks
Michael Rowan .... thanks
Jan Stelder .... thanks
Oliver Streeton .... thanks
Godfried Van de Perre .... thanks
Aden Young .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity
94 min
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Sweet but straining for effect, 18 November 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

" They've (the audience) been desensitized -- they've been Pulp Fiction-ized. I don't condemn that, but we cannot live without love, we cannot live like this. At the end of this film, I wanted to say that love is the only thing that matters, and those who think that is naïve are wrong." -- Paul Cox.

In Innocence, a sweet film by Australian director, Paul Cox, a couple approaching seventy rekindle a love affair that started almost fifty years ago. Andreas (Charles "Bud" Tingwell), a widowed organist and music teacher, decides to write to Claire (Julia Blake), the woman he was in love with in Belgium in his youth. Claire has been putting up with a joyless marriage for the last twenty years with her husband John (Terry Norris) and agrees to meet Andreas to catch up on things. I guess you know where this is going. That's right, the two pick up right where they left off. John is hurt by his wife's infidelity and comes off as obtuse, even though it is evident that Claire has never taken any responsibility for the quality of their relationship.

It is nice to see that at least one director realizes that people over the age of thirty can actually experience physical sensation; however, will someone please tell Mr. Cox that there is more to growing old than talking about memories and anticipating death. Mr. Cox is an honest filmmaker who has his heart in the right place and no doubt wishes to restore some humanity to the cinema. I applaud him for that. Unfortunately, for me, this work comes across as strained and somewhat precious. It plays like a seventy-something TV movie special with all the pretensions of a serious art film. Cox uses dream sequences, flashbacks, jump cuts, and poetic music as if he was operating from a manual about how to make a serious art film.

Most of the lovemaking is suggested and is always in good taste but even this is a problem. If your point is that older people are still capable of romantic love, then don't be afraid to show it. The theme of the renewal of love after many years can be moving and poetic as in the magnificent novel of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, "Love in the Time of Cholera". While the novel had fully-realized characters, here I found the lovers so ordinary and uninteresting that I had difficulty making any emotional connection with them. Tingwell speaks his lines in a flat monotone and does not exude much charisma.

I think the biggest problem I had was the film's overreaching for effect. Repetitious flashbacks of the young lovers and ersatz profundity add up for me to an unsatisfying experience. That the actors perform as well as they do under the circumstances is a tribute to their skill and professionalism. Over and over, the characters are asked to recite endless cliches that sound like they come from "Touched by an Angel". For example: "Each phase of life has its own kind of love", and "If God were called Beauty or Love, I would believe in Him", and "What really matters is love, everything else is rubbish", and "She wants to be needed, that's the way women are", and "Love becomes more real the closer it comes to death", and "I'm suffering but you don't care".

All that is missing is Ryan O' Neal saying that love means never having to say you're too old. At the end Claire says to Andreas, "Let's go somewhere where we can shed a few tears together". On this last point, I would join them. For a film that is full of sincerity but becomes lost in its own unctuous self-importance, perhaps a few tears might be in order.

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