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The Innocents / Eskil Vogt

  • Country and year: Norway/ Sweden / Denmark / UK / France / Finland 2021
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 117 min
  • Director and writer: Eskil Vogt
  • Producer(s): Maria Ekerhovd
  • Cinematographer: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Music: Pessi Levanto
  • Cast: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Sam Ashraf, Ellen Dorrit Pedersen, Morten Svartveit, Kadra Yusuf, Lisa Tønne
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Format: DCP

“An instant classic”
Kallen Aftab / Cineuropa

“Clever, engaging and often electrifying”
Fionnuala Halligan / Screen International

“Beautifully creepy – Darkly satisfying”
Jessica Kiang / Variety

“Low-tech, high-tension Norwegian horror”
Leslie Felperin / The Hollywood Reporter

“Does several things that probably wouldn’t get through the development process in any American movie”
Kim Newman / The Kim Newman Website

“Not every child with nascent paranormal abilities gets scooped up into Professor Xavier’s school for incipient X-Men. Some, like those in Eskil Vogt’s superbly atmospheric, deftly crafted horror The Innocents, live in massive Norwegian tower blocks — concrete jungles set in deep forests bathed in cool, endless Nordic summer sun — and hone their powers on rocks and deeply unfortunate cats. This superior chiller is both a satisfying genre exercise and a minute observation of the process by which young children acquire morality; its most striking aspect may just be the empathy Vogt displays for his 7- to 11-year-old stars, and the extraordinary juvenile performances that empathy brings out.” – Jessica Kiang / Variety

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