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October 12, 2022

The Innocents

2021 / Eskil Vogt / Shudder / Rakel Lenora Fløttum

Quick Thoughts

  • The boy has those angry kid eyebrows.

  • I had to look into the splotchy skin, it's dead melanin, and no one knows why.

  • These apartment buildings surround a small pond, which I’m jealous of.

  • She stares, he stares, they stare.

  • Oh, no. Not the boiling water, man.

This film has been on my watchlist for too long. Anyway, it is about kids with telepathic and telekinetic powers, but they’re regular ass children with inner turmoil and traumas. We follow Ida for the most part, a child of maybe 10 years. She’s curious, irresponsible, and selfish like most children are.

Ida’s sister has autism, which Ida tries not to be burdened with while out on the playground but we can tell as viewers that that is easier said than done. Upon abandoning her sister Ida befriends a boy with a psychopathic nature. Meanwhile, another neighborhood girl makes friends with Anna, Ida’s sister. The children begin to discover that they’re capable of mind reading and telekinesis, except for Ida. They practice separately at first but soon the children are drawn to each other.

What begins as children fooling around soon transforms into something more sinister, and someone is bound to get hurt. The performances in this film are amazing. I give it to the directory to be ever patient with the children. Phones need to be away to enjoy this one, after all, it is in Norwegian. This film isn’t gory, but it is bothersome. My twisted nature recommends this one to anyone that can sit through a slow-paced film because it is oh-so-worth it.

How do you discipline a child with superpowers?

  • You don't. Good luck.

  • Write them a note and shoot them to a different planet.


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