"Innocence" is an intriguing film from start to finish and it manages to generate a strong sense of mystery through it's haunting imagery and other-worldly cinematography. There is a strong Tarkovskian feel about "Innocence" ,set as it is in a forest with a series of images of running water, birds singing and quadrupeds roaming. "Innocence" also possesses the type of surreal and perplexing scenes similar to those seen in the excellent "Mulholland Drive". I am thinking about the theatre scene ,obviously , but the whole film has the same sort of wonderful, abstract ,disconnected air about it. There is not much of a story to "Innocence" , which explores relationships between a group of 6-11 year old girls attending an isolated boarding school in the middle of a forest. The pre-teens in "Innocence" live in a strictly hierarchical world bereft of any male presence and they are inculcated by their teachers with values of obedience ,conformity and group loyalty. Perhaps the psychological framework into which these children are moulded by their teachers provides the viewer with an insight into, and perhaps even acts as an allegory for ,the collectivist , conformist sameness displayed in the mindset of your typical ,Amazonian ,adult female today ? Or perhaps not. "Innocence" doesn't really provide any clear answers for the viewer , who is left to interpret this film in their own subjective way. "Innocence" has been accused of being borderline paedophilia and certainly there are numerous scenes of pre-teen girls prancing about in a state of undress and manifold up-skirt ,white panty shots. However the images were in no way erotic. One has to give credit to the director for creating a stylish, original film and attaining some excellent performances from a cast of very young girls who possessed no acting experience prior to the making of "Innocence".