Innocence (2004)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Harvey

Withholding basic expository material, and unpredictably restless in its focus, Innocence both rivets and challenges emotional engagement.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I can't recommend this film to my readers, because I don't happen to trust its motives.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Hadzihalilovic has arrived as a director to reckon with.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Innocence is not merely the year's best first film, but one of the great statements on the politics of being 'tween.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... haunting and hypnotic fairy tale... with a distinctly European sensibility... lovely lingering scenes that cast a spell over the almost abstract story.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...often seems like Picnic at Hanging Rock as directed by David Lynch

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Innocence takes place in a mysterious boarding school by a lake, immersed in a haunting, lush forest. Inside, the girls receive biology and dance lessons, swim,… More
Kylie B
Visually this film is stunning, and the woodland shots are very creepily done. However this film's narrative is very slow, making it perhaps better for… More
Luke Baldock
In terms of style and execution this film is a rare delight. Hadzihalilovic creates such an intense and sinister atmosphere without the film ever being intense… More
Antony Stubbs
Very difficult to get a handle on. Innocence is an intimate French drama concerning the endangerment of children at a young girl's boarding school. Various… More
Stephen M
This has to be one of the most intensely boring films I've ever seen. That said, it is oddly compulsive viewing. A metaphor equating the passage from… More
Mark Abell
Haunting would be a good word to describe this film, written and directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, and based on a short story by Frank Wedekind. If it's… More