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INNOCENCE

Director : LUCILE HADZIHALILOVIC

Status: Completed

Synopsis
Short synopsis

A boarding school set a great park, cut off from the outside world by a huge wall with no door. A group of girls aged between seven and twelve gathers around a coffin. The coffin lid opens, revealing a six-year-old girl. Her name is Iris. This is her new home. There are no adults here, save for several old servants and two young teachers: Mademoiselle Edith and Mademoiselle Eva.

Long synopsis

A subterranean rumbling resonates in the heart of a forest. Hidden by foliage, a metal grate reveals underground passageways, which lead to the cellars of five houses scattered throughout a great park. The park is cut off from the outside world by a huge wall with no door. In one of these houses, a group of girls aged between seven and twelve gathers around a coffin. The coffin lid opens, revealing a six-year-old girl. Her name is Iris.

Bianca, the eldest of the group, introduces Iris into this strange but pleasant boarding school, home to some thirty little girls. There are no adults here, save for several old servants and two young teachers: Mademoiselle Edith and Mademoiselle Eva.

Iris very quickly discovers the rules of the school, where teaching centres on dance, physical education and biology. Obedience is paramount, and any boarder who would rebel and try to escape is condemned to remain in the park and serve the others forever. Time passes and Iris grows accustomed to her new life. But she is troubled by a mystery: every evening at nine, when the lamps are lit, the subterranean rumbling returns and Bianca leaves the house to attend a secret meeting. One evening, Iris follows her to the big house where the teachers live. Inside, all seems deserted. Even Bianca appears to have vanished into thin air¦