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Innocence (2004)

A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoé Auclair Zoé Auclair ... Iris
Lea Bridarolli Lea Bridarolli ... Alice
Bérangère Haubruge Bérangère Haubruge ... Bianca
Marion Cotillard ... Mademoiselle Eva
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Mademoiselle Edith
Olga Peytavi-Müller ... Laura
Alisson Lalieux Alisson Lalieux ... Selma
Ana Palomo-Diaz Ana Palomo-Diaz ... Nadja
Astrid Homme Astrid Homme ... Rose
Joséphine Van Wambeke Joséphine Van Wambeke ... Vera
Johanna Surbier Johanna Surbier ... Fanny
Grizelle Crozet Grizelle Crozet ... La fille choisie
Corinne Marchand ... La directrice
Sonia Petrovna ... Son assistante
Véronique Nordey Véronique Nordey ... L'intendante
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A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Inocência See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film is rated R for "brief nudity involving a minor". However, there is no nudity in the film. See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie ends by showing (once again) the title and then a dedication ("for Gaspar"). No credits or company logos are shown after that. 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 Tesnohlídek
Performed by Ceská Filharmonie (as The Czech Philharmonic)
Conducted by Vaclav Talich
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Very interesting and impressive debut
18 March 2005 | by Mr ParkerSee all my reviews

We watched this film during my Film History and Theory class this past Thursday and aside from shoddy presentation (the projector was absolutely horrible and displayed the film too dark), I have to say that I enjoyed this quite a bit. At first, I almost dismissed it as artsy, pretentious French cinema due to the very slow pace and methodical direction but it had this eerie quality to it that kept my eyes glued to the screen, anticipating what was yet to come. The story is told in a very abstract way and the story is never really laid out for you in a conventional manner. In truth, it is a very simple tale but told in an imaginative way. There was great imagery and the use of sound to create a mysterious environment was very well done. At times it reminded me of the films of David Lynch, (especially Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr.) and Gaspar Noe (Irreversible), which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. The acting by the principals is very good, considering that they consisted mainly of very young girls. The director managed to capture natural performances from all of them and having worked with children on films in the past, I have to applaud her efforts on this end as I know how difficult it can be to get them to give you the results you're looking for. From a negative stance, the film runs just a bit too long and the pacing could've been trimmed a little to make it run a bit faster and leaner. There were stretches where the film felt like it was never going to end. In the end, I would definitely recommend this to those who appreciate art-house cinema as this caters directly to them. This was an impressive debut for Ms. Hadzihalilovic and I am definitely curious to see what she comes up with next.

RATING: ***1/2 out of *****.


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