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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: In this cryptic story, a group of young girls are sequestered in a woodsy community where they are trained for ambiguous future roles.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Confronts the line between the celebration and the exploitation of innocence with an uneasy tension that is discomforting at best.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Hadzihalilovic succeeds brilliantly at crafting a meaningful enigma that somehow grasps the essence of adolescence, but only grows more mysterious with each revelation.
  3. 100
    One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year. And last year, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    This genuine curio maintains its mystery to the end.
  5. An unashamed art picture, the kind of film where extreme aestheticism mixes with nightmare dread, where the story resembles a bad dream and where Freudian symbols cluster around the events like a swarm of insects. It's a very pretty film, but it's also lean, enigmatic and so obscure.
  6. A visually lush and eerily enigmatic parable of female sexuality, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's ominous fairy tale raises questions you'll be wondering about for days.
  7. 50
    The more overtly allegorical Innocence becomes, the duller it gets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Sep 11, 2011
    An extremely interesting film that makes you think. Strange, yes, weird yes, but you will have the plot going round in your head for ever and then probably never understand it. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2012
    An enigmatic and allegorical film that manages to sustain a penetrating feeling of uneasiness and suspense in a visually exuberant parable of female sexuality. It is a journey so vibrant that the lack of destination becomes an asset rather than a limitation. Expand

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