When troubled minor Olinka (Anna Linhartová), accuses her physician, Tomas (Ondrej Vetchý), of sexual abuse, her allegations, exposed by the media, cause the doctor’s comfortable life to collapse like a house of cards, destroying his reputation and complicating his relationship with family, friends and colleagues. With this film, VIFF favourites Jan Hrebejk, director, and Petr Jarchovský, screenwriter, (Kawasaki’s Rose, Divided We Fall) move into new genre territory, offering a complex psychological thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the surprising dénouement.
Tomas is a highly respected rehabilitation specialist, working in a children’s unit. On the surface, his life appears enviable. He lives in a beautiful suburban home with his extended family, including wife Milada (Zita Morávková), their adolescent daughter, sister-in-law Lida (Ana Geislerová, Beauty in Trouble) and father-in-law (Ludek Munzar). But long repressed issues lurk beneath the family’s superficial tranquility. And it doesn’t help when Milada’s grudge-bearing ex-husband Lada (Hynek Cermák) turns out to be the detective assigned to the case. Even as Olinka’s testimony creates the suspicion that she has made up the affair, the threads of Tomas’s family life continue to unravel.
Smoothly crafted with top Czech actors providing nuanced performances, Innocence is rumoured to be one of “a trilogy of blame and punishment,” marking a new path for the Czech duo. –VIFF
Jan Hřebejk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦr̝ɛbɛjk]) (born June 27, 1967 in Prague) is a Czech film director. Born in Prague, Hřebejk studied together with his classmate Petr Jarchovský at high school. Now Jarchovsky is a frequent collaborator as a screenwriter. From 1987 to 1991, Hřebejk studied screenplay and dramaturgy at FAMU, an arts college in Prague for film and television.
During his FAMU studies, Hřebejk directed and produced two short films, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Experience (1988) and 1948 AD (1989), to a script written by his classmate Petr Zelenka. His professional directorial debut was a short film for Czech TV, You Do Nothing Because You’ve Got No Good Reason (1991). His films caught the attention of viewers and critics, and entered student film festivals.
Together with Petr Jarchovský, during his FAMU studies, he wrote a comedy screenplay, inspired by his background at a pioneer summer camp, Let’s Sing the Song… read more