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A strange institution prepares young girls for their future in a manner they don't truly understand in this surreal drama laced with fantasy. Iris (Zoe Auclair) is a six-year-old girl who arrives in a coffin (though alive and well) at a remote boarding school, where she and a handful of other girls are looked after by teachers Mademoiselle Eva (Marion Cotillard) and Mademoiselle Edith (Hélène de Fougerolles). Handpicked for the school and taken away from their families at a young age, each girl's age and place in the school's hierarchy is identified by the color of ribbon they wear… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Withholding basic expository material, and unpredictably restless in its focus, Innocence both rivets and challenges emotional engagement."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"I can't recommend this film to my readers, because I don't happen to trust its motives."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"allegorises the innocent joys, confused anxieties and newly awakening impulses of pre-pubescence, where the only certainty is that the innocence of the title, like the film itself, must eventually come to an end, even if only to begin all over again"
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Innocence is beautifully photographed by Benoit Debie, directed with assurance and sure to make you wonder what you've just seen."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Men with a penchant for young girls: please stay away."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"Hadzihalilovic has arrived as a director to reckon with."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Innocence is not merely the year's best first film, but one of the great statements on the politics of being 'tween."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"... haunting and hypnotic fairy tale... with a distinctly European sensibility... lovely lingering scenes that cast a spell over the almost abstract story."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It doesn't take long before this bizarre structure becomes interminable..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Bursting with pretentious pap about women's journey from a state of undefiled innocence to sullied slutdom."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Innocence is full of charm and strangeness -- and a sense that childhood is a place of incredible terrors and fleeting joys, of rapt innocence and fatal experience."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"...often seems like Picnic at Hanging Rock as directed by David Lynch"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Hadzihalilovic succeeds brilliantly at crafting a meaningful enigma that somehow grasps the essence of adolescence, but only grows more mysterious with each revelation."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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