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Confused, yet curious, six-year-old Iris is taken in hand by Bianca, the leader of a group of girls who live in one of five houses that make up a kind of boarding school. The only adults are old servants and two authoritarian teachers. Obedience is paramount. Those caught trying to escape are either swallowed up by the horrors of the outside world or condemned to serve the other girls within the school walls for the rest of their lives. The girls suffer various indignities of school life, longing to get outside. However, the eldest girls disappear each night for several hours under orders not… 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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