The Innocents

The Innocents

Date & Time

Friday, May 13 (View All Dates)
7:00 pm


City Cinema, 64 King St, Charlottetown

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14A, violence, disturbing scenes. Dir: Eskil Vogt, Norway, 2021, 117 min. Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

“Easily my favourite of the festival, The Innocents is a story in which the exclusion and bullying so often experienced by young children are amplified—and to a degree allegorised—by the addition of superpowers. Four marginalised pre-adolescents living on a Norwegian estate discover that their nascent telepathy, telekinesis and mind control increase when they are in proximity to each other. What starts as friendship quickly turns to war as the only male in the group, the damaged Ben, starts using these newfound abilities to express his more sadistic impulses, so that Ida, her autistic sister Anna, and sweet-natured Aisha find themselves at mortal risk. Drawing its title from the 1961 horror classic this film uses its genre frame to show the connectedness, curiosity and cruelty of its young characters, and also asks whether the inevitable loss of innocence at this age is a slate that can ever simply be cleaned.” —Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

 “Exceptional child performers and a superbly eerie yet gritty atmosphere distinguish this darkly satisfying art-house chiller.” —Variety