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Innocence (2001)
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"An Old Affair"
3 stars

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.

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5/10/11 brian The bittersweet taste of trying to recapture the past. 5 stars
6/15/04 L.J. Could have been better, not sure why it won so many awards. 3 stars
4/03/04 Vincent A subtle yet honest movie that offers the viewer a glimpse into a very special relationship 5 stars
6/25/03 Josh Russo It's a great movie! 5 stars
10/12/01 Rutegar Dupree Good cast. Good performances.Interesting &daring story frequently gets schmaltzy. 4 stars
10/07/01 Suzz This is a film that is in love with being an art film. The dialogue is sitlted and comes at 3 stars
9/08/01 Heather Amazing movie, just blew me away! %^ 5 stars
7/18/01 ali asakl 5 stars
5/24/01 mm it might interest people to know that Blake and Norris are married in real life 4 stars
2/18/01 Anna Russo a film about a very selfish man 1 stars
2/17/01 Mark Burton This Film has touched me deeply, "A Must See" 5 stars
1/03/01 Bob P Wonderful 5 stars
12/22/00 LOUISE-ANDREE Loved it - very delicate, elegant - saw it at the MTL FF. 4 stars
12/22/00 Michael "Innocence" is a wonderful story for all ages reminiscent of "On Golden Pond" 5 Stars! 5 stars
12/18/00 Lindl Lawton thoughtful, honest, beautiful 4 stars
12/13/00 justine i wont to see it where can i see it in sydney,now 4 stars
12/12/00 jobay grate i really liked it 5 stars
9/26/00 Frankie Paiva Great acting and camera work, but overlong with bad script. 3 stars
8/17/00 neil bartlett absolutely magnificent 5 stars
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