03 December 2007

whatever happened to Innocence?

Just finished watching french film Innocence, an eerily ambiguous look at the female transition from the pre-sexual to the sexual, that makes sinister comment upon the girl/woman's role in society. I enjoyed it, very well shot, slowly paced, and as I have mentioned, extremely ambigious. The viewer definately has to do a bit of work here. My girlfriend though was hung up on a pedophilic reading and found the whole thing sick. I agree, more in its protrayal of the female's responsibility to society, but there is more to be read in this breath-taking work than the taboo representation of the sexuality of children. As the sight & sound review below makes note of: "If we have a problem with that - as many viewers will - then, the director seems to be saying, the problem is ours."

BFI | Sight & Sound | School For Scandal