Innocence is a beautifully performed and photographed story about a love that lasts a lifetime.Andreas (Charles Tingwell) and Claire (Julia Blake) had a brief, but passionate, relationship in their early twenties. Nearly 50 years later, Andreas’ wife has been dead for 20 years and Claire is in a stable, passionless marriage with John (Terry Norris). Andreas and Claire are reunited, and resume their affair.
Innocence has an excellent premise, which allows director Paul Cox to contrast the effects of a passionate affair between people at the beginning and end of their adult lives. Tingwell and Blake are marvellous, lending their roles charm and dignity. It's refreshing to see the sexuality of adults in their sixties portrayed on screen. Norris is a believably bewildered husband and Marta Dusseldorp is especially good as Andreas’ supportive daughter. Tony Clark’s cinematography gives Innocence a lovely, natural look, aided by Tony Cronin’s homely production design.Despite all these wonderful elements, Innocence is lumbered with too many featureless flashbacks of the young lovers. Disappointingly, Cox (who also wrote the screenplay) doesn’t seem satisfied with the simplicity of his central idea (the lovers
rejoining after 50 years). He accelerates the story with intrusive plot devices that spoil the grace of what’s come before.