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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. SW.
    Aug 11, 2008
    The whole film is a very clever metaphor for coming of age.
  2. 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
  3. nathang.
    Dec 2, 2005
    Outstanding film, full of insight into the nature of female boarding schools and their existance as a mechanism for sustaining and instilling class and gender distinctions in modern society, beautifully and powerfully shot, this is an enlightening film! Expand
  4. 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
  5. JoanneC.
    Feb 1, 2006
    Esthetically beautiful, mysterious, dark, strangely attractive, full of symbolism and poetry, this is also one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen in my life: a beautiful empty and hollow shell. Expand
  6. AshK
    Feb 19, 2006
    Don't watch this film. It's 2 hours of your life that you'll never get back. Through the whole film I kept expecting something to happen and absolutly NOTHING does. What a waste of time! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jul 8, 2008
    This was a complete waste of time. I can't imagine anyone would enjoy this fecal matter dressed up in a tutu unless they were pedophiles and simply enjoyed watching exploitation of children. There is no point to this movie, and I've seen deeper meaning in the splatter of vomit on a bar floor. At least that can be interpreted as modern abstract expressionist art like a Jackson Pollock. If there exists such a place as this French boarding school, then it should be raided by Interpol to combat human trafficking. Expand