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Innocence (2004)

A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoé Auclair ...
Iris
Lea Bridarolli ...
Alice
Bérangère Haubruge ...
Bianca
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Laura
Alisson Lalieux ...
Selma
Ana Palomo-Diaz ...
Nadja
Astrid Homme ...
Rose
Joséphine Van Wambeke ...
Vera
Johanna Surbier ...
Fanny
Grizelle Crozet ...
La fille choisie
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La directrice
Sonia Petrovna ...
Son assistante
Véronique Nordey ...
L'intendante
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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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12 January 2005 (France)  »

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Inocência  »

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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 »

Soundtracks

Orchestral Suite from La Petite Renard Rusée
Composed by Leos Janácek
Libretto by Rudolf Tesnohlidek
Performed by The Czech Philharmonic
Conducted by Vaclav Talich
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Girls in white ... until womanhood spoils the color scheme?
5 March 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

If you've ever read the work of German symbolist writer Frank Wedekind then you may already have an idea about how difficult a text first feature writer-director Lucile Hadzihalilovic chose to adapt and execute. But execute she does for a good portion of the film until the rather obvious over-the-top conclusion that fails to answer many of the questions raised earlier.

That said, there is much to enjoy this film mainly due to its excellent cinemascope photography and the whole idea of an idyllic place where prepubescent girls are trained to be ballet dancers in order to enter the world as proper teenage women.

Since this is a symbolist writing, one can also entertain thoughts of purgatory (the characters are brought into being via a coffin), isolated same-sex societies (with one old man that is never explained), or some of the themes M. Night Shymalan explored in "The Village" with fear being used to keep a small population under control.

In any case, this film will provoke much discussion afterwards so bring your most knowledgeable cinema pals and dig in. Young girls in white outfits giggling and playing for two hours may not be everyone's simplification of the world at large, but in some ways it does sum up the dangers of segregated societies.

Not bad for a first film with extremely difficult material. A remarkable debut nonetheless.


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