Starring Marion Cotillard, the film narrates life inside a girl’s boarding school through the eyes of 6-year-old Iris, as she gets used to her new life.
After La bouche de Jean-Pierre, Hadzihalilovic returns to the passage from childhood to adolescence, although in this case she steers clear from the Parisian-suburbs sleaziness of her first film and adapts Mine-Haha, a novel by German playwright Frank Wedekind. In some way, the three films directed by Hadzihalilovic to date try to capture that decisive moment of transformation: the instant, which lasts a few months, in which an entire phase of life (childhood) is inexorably left behind and some sort of rebirth takes place. Set in a female boarding school to which the new students arrive in shiny coffins, Innocence is a superb, sensual fantasy influenced in equal measures by Kafka, the Walser from Jakob von Gunten or the Peter Weir from Picnic at Hanging Rock. FG
D, G: Lucile Hadzihalilovic E: Adam Finch F: Benoît Debie DA: Arnaud de Moleron S: Jean-Luc Audy M: Richard Cooke P: Geoffrey Cox, Alain de la Mata, Patrick Sobelman PE: Paul Trijbits I: Zoé Auclair, Lea Bridarolli, Bérangère Haubruge, Marion Cotillard, Hélène de Fougerolles
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She was born in Lyon, France in 1961. She studied film at the Institute of Film Studies in Paris and worked as an editor of feature films and documentaries. She became the first woman to win the annual award Bronze Horse for best film for his film Innocence (2004) at the International Film Festival Stockholm. Previously she directed La bouche de Je...