(II) (2004)

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Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
New York Post
One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year. And last year, too.
Hadzihalilovic succeeds brilliantly at crafting a meaningful enigma that somehow grasps the essence of adolescence, but only grows more mysterious with each revelation.
Confronts the line between the celebration and the exploitation of innocence with an uneasy tension that is discomforting at best.
Innocence is not merely the year's best first film, but one of the great statements on the politics of being 'tween.
The New York Times
The line between cinematic art and exploitation has rarely seemed finer and nervier, at least in recent memory, than in the French film Innocence.
This genuine curio maintains its mystery to the end.
This is the weirdest film I've seen all year, or at least the weirdest good film. It's also among the most powerful.
New York Daily News
A visually lush and eerily enigmatic parable of female sexuality, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's ominous fairy tale raises questions you'll be wondering about for days.
Chicago Tribune
An unashamed art picture, the kind of film where extreme aestheticism mixes with nightmare dread, where the story resembles a bad dream and where Freudian symbols cluster around the events like a swarm of insects. It's a very pretty film, but it's also lean, enigmatic and so obscure.
The Hollywood Reporter
Sustains a pervasive feeling of anxiety and suspense, despite an absence of dramatic conflict or resolution.

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