At the heart of a densely wooded forest lies a mysterious girls` boarding school, cut off from the outside world by a great wall with no door. Within, a group of youngsters aged between seven and twelve gather round a small coffin, from which emerges a new pupil, six-year-old Iris. Led by the eldest girl, Bianca, Iris is introduced to this strange yet enchanting world of lamp-lit forest paths and eerie underground passageways, where there are no adults save for some elderly servants and two melancholy young teachers. But this haven is one from which the girls are forbidden to leave; those that do are never heard from again. Haunting and bizarre, filmmaker Lucile Hadzihalilovic imbues `Innocence` with a fairytale-like sense of menace and images of surreal beauty, creating a mesmerising and timeless evocation of childhood.
Release Date: 23 January 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over