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1,041 Ratings

Innocence

L'Ecole

Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
France, United Kingdom, 2004
Avant-Garde

Synopsis

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s feature debut takes place at a mysterious all-girls boarding school in the unnamed countryside. Based on the novel by Frank Wedekind.

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Innocence Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Ms. Hadzihalilovic is a gifted stylist, though when it comes to female desire, she might profit from less time with Mr. Noé’s work and more time with Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a film in which girls are allowed to have bodies, brains, boys and self-determination all at the same time, and without that annoying buzzing.
October 21, 2005
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Innocence feels something like a hammer blow to the glabella. Derived from a (currently) untranslated Frank Wedekind story and seething with conceptual potency, the movie feels sui generis, a verdant, ambiguous dream of childhood, consciousness, and oppression.
October 20, 2005
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The greatest victory of Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s first feature is that it perfectly captures the suspense of this adolescent anticipation, giving the viewer the perspective of the innocent grasping for clues that everyone else seems to know already. The effect is fascinating and frustrating, and in hindsight the film’s title seems to connote more naivete than purity, since much of the dramatic tension in the film comes from this tone of powerlessness, impatience, and dread.
October 17, 2005
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