A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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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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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 »

Connections

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

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Pliés
from "Musique pour danse, Volume 104"
By Pietro Galli
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A wonderful, unexpected surprise
8 March 2006 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Amazing. Not for all tastes, to be sure, but infinitely intriguing and accomplished. Great movie. After all the previous not totally successful, or barely watchable or downright awful fantasy movies that have come out of France in the last five years or so, French cinema turns out to be capable of producing an intelligent, beautiful, original work of art with its roots in the fantasy field which is both a treat to the eye and intelligence, and a graphically arresting piece of movie making. The film, dealing with strange ongoings at a remote boarding school for young girls in a mystery-ridden forest somewhere, is incredibly catching, full of hypnotic images. It is indeed closer to the spirit of silent movies, in particular the German school of Fritz Lang, Murnau, Pabst, etc, than to most modern movies. But so brilliant and respectful in its approach that it soon makes you forget its origins. The are dreamlike visions by the dozen in Innocence, superior or equal to Lynch's best films, to Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, or to Jane Campion's cinema in its finer moments, for instance. A painter in terms of framing and composition, the director is always lifting the material up into poetry country. See it and you will not be left untouched. Few films ever reach that kind of weirdness and movie magic. It has no comparison. Really.


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