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Innocence (II) (2004)

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A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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Alice
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Astrid Homme ...
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Joséphine Van Wambeke ...
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A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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

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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 »

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

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Orchestral Suite from La Petite Renard Rusée
Composed by Leos Janacek
Libretto by Rudolf Tesnohlidek
Performed by The Czech Philharmonic
Conducted by Vaclav Talich
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Exquisite Metaphorical Transcendent Film making
7 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Innocence is an extraordinary film that explores its theme with such determined rigor one cannot help but be compelled and shocked by every moment. Innocence explores the period in girls' lives before they lose their Innocence and start adulthood. The mysterious school to which we are introduced through Tarkovskyesque images of flowing water becomes a dark and at times haunting manifestation of both the young girls' enforced Innocence as well as the setting for the film's mystery narrative in which we find ourselves desperate to see through the schools wooded grounds to some kind of epiphany.

Part of the success of Innocence is that it is able to confuse the viewer and forces the audience to confront their own ideas of Innocence and how we as adults should view images of Innocence. Images of the young girls at play should be easier to watch but this is an adult film with a predominately adult audience and the darkness of the films own geography plays with ones ideas of Innocence and the loss of it.

Extraordinary images, extraordinary performances, a great film.


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