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Lovers in Belgium during WWII, Claire (Julia Blake) and Andreas (Charles Tingwell) are shocked to discover that, after a 45-year separation, they are neighbors in the same Melbourne neighborhood. Andreas has been a widower for 30 years, while Claire is happily though not passionately married to John (Terry Norris), whom she hasn't slept with for two decades. Andreas and Claire resume their heady sexual relationship, much to the disapproval of their loved ones. Director Paul Cox cuts between footage of the couple in the present and the past, examining how they have and haven't changed… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cox's own directorial style is innocent, in the sense of being original without ever straining for effect."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"Genuinely frightening stuff unraveled in a very untraditional way."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"I'd applaud Australian writer-director Paul Cox ... just for showing two people of about 70 who are emotionally alive, sexually connected and mentally vibrant."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Not only romantic, it's also touching, and its ideas are expressed with genuine eloquence."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"How can one praise a film that's so busy congratulating and complimenting itself?"
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A human story told with taste and simplicity. Better still, it is not maudlin."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A terrific film, understated and thoughtful, beautifully crafted and alive with respect for the power of love to change lives at any age."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"An exercise in quiet elegance and disarming earthiness."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"This is a timeless love story for people of all ages."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The timelessness of love is perfectly expressed in Innocence, Paul Cox's humane story of rekindled romance among the elderly."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Makes you long for an American filmmaker with the guts to put the AARP generation in roles this deep and rewarding."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Paul Cox's "Innocence"...a film so beautiful and pure it just might restore your faith in ci-nee-ma!"
‑ Collin Souter,
"[Blake] brings such warmth and understated passion to the role that she single-handedly offsets the weepy, melodramatic acoustic guitar riffs on the soundtrack."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Offers a moving tribute to love and the courage its risk-taking requires."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Takes a brave look at the need for emotional and physical love, no matter one's age, and proves a memorable glimpse into the lives of characters who are so often merely forgotten."
‑ Brad Haynes, Orlando Weekly
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