A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

On Disc

at Amazon

8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A ten year old girl is received by her aunt because of her mother's confinement to a mental hospital... See full synopsis »

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Stars: Sandra Sammartino, Denise Aron-Schropfer, Michel Trillot
Evolution (2015)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The only residents of young Nicholas's seaside town are women and boys. When he sees a dead body in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Stars: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and ... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Marion Cotillard, Samuel Le Bihan
The Black Box (2005)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Images flash through Arthur's brain, voices buzz in his mind, uttering disjointed words and sentences. Arthur Seligman seems to have had an accident but did he run over a little boy or not?... See full summary »

Director: Richard Berry
Stars: José Garcia, Marion Cotillard, Michel Duchaussoy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger
Cavalcade (2005)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An accomplished playboy Leo neglects his girlfriend and enjoys parties. His girlfriend parts from him and then, when he wants to see her once more, he has an accident. He survives, but his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Suissa
Stars: Titoff, Marion Cotillard, Richard Bohringer
Nectar (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A round chamber in a park, where five women perform a ritual they know well. The queen gives her nectar. Yet a new cycle is already under way.

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Stars: Olga Riazanova, Karl Sarafidis, Aude-Laurence Clermont Biver
Edy (2005)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An insurance salesman turns into a walking catastrophe himself. First film by Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, starring Philippe Noiret and François Berléand.

Director: Stéphan Guérin-Tillié
Stars: François Berléand, Philippe Noiret, Yves Verhoeven
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

It's Christmas Eve 1971 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, and the regulars of the local gay bar "The Blue Jay" are celebrating. Not much has changed since the Stonewall riots, and while the... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn Nelson
Stars: Tom Bade, James Murdock, Paul Blake
Fair Play (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

There are rules for fair play in sport; these are not adhered to always. But there are no rules for fair play at work, in life or when faced with life and death.

Director: Lionel Bailliu
Stars: Benoît Magimel, Jérémie Renier, Eric Savin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Disheartened after the shocking event that took place in his firm, a compliant and committed employee, loses the ground under his feet and revolts.

Director: Fabienne Godet
Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Dominique Blanc, Julie Depardieu
Vera II (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young girl spends her adolescence in an institution for minors, developing some masculine traits in her personality. In this hostile environment, she can only find some sympathy in a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Toledo
Stars: Ana Beatriz Nogueira, Adriana Abujamra, Cida Almeida


Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoé Auclair ...
Lea Bridarolli ...
Bérangère Haubruge ...
Alisson Lalieux ...
Ana Palomo-Diaz ...
Astrid Homme ...
Joséphine Van Wambeke ...
Johanna Surbier ...
Grizelle Crozet ...
La fille choisie
La directrice
Sonia Petrovna ...
Son assistante
Véronique Nordey ...


A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and brief nudity involving a minor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | |


Release Date:

12 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Inocência  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the final sequence showing the girls descending the steps to the fountains, the picture has been flipped to maintain their movement from left to right. In actuality they are descending from right to left. See more »


Version of The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005) See more »


Return to Misty Mountain
Performed by Richard Cooke and Michael Caporale
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Thought-provoking and beautiful film
28 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There can't be many films that occupy your mind for many days afterwards, make you read the book they are based on, and then watch them again.

"Innocence" is one of those films and it is both beautiful and intriguing at the same time. It is based on a book by Frank Wedekind called "Mine-Haha or the corporeal education of girls", the only published fragment of his unfinished novel "Hildalla". It was first published in 1901 and although beautifully written it has much darker undertones than the film with references to a body cult of youth and natural beauty which would later become exploited by Nazi culture.

The film is very much a metaphor for a childhood world which is in many ways separate but also protected from that of adults. It plays in an isolated Girls School their children enter at the time when they start to make their own independent experiences of the world around them and ends with the onset of puberty and attainment of menarche, both symbolising the emotional and physical end of childhood. The cinematography is beautiful and reminded me in many ways of Tarkovsky with its symbolism and haunting images. However, the story can seem a little simplistic and linear times and often appears to demand more depth from the young child actors than they could possibly deliver.

Nevertheless this is a very interesting and thought-provoking film and well worth watching. The French dialogue often has a musical quality and as long as you're prepared to watch this in a calm and unhurried state of mind this is very rewarding and unusual cinematic experience.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What the heck was that about? sexypink_socks
The padophilia issue. prettyabrasiveravenblade
Uncomfortable jcckidz
DVD with English Subs md7-1
Does someone know what novel by Wedekind? noccturne
what do you think happened to Alice? just_passing
Discuss Innocence (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: