Genuinely frightening stuff unraveled in a very untraditional way.
Cox's own directorial style is innocent, in the sense of being original without ever straining for effect.
A terrific film, understated and thoughtful, beautifully crafted and alive with respect for the power of love to change lives at any age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Cox's "Innocence"...a film so beautiful and pure it just might restore your faith in ci-nee-ma!
| Original Score: 4/4
I'd applaud Australian writer-director Paul Cox ... just for showing two people of about 70 who are emotionally alive, sexually connected and mentally vibrant.
An exercise in quiet elegance and disarming earthiness.
[Blake] brings such warmth and understated passion to the role that she single-handedly offsets the weepy, melodramatic acoustic guitar riffs on the soundtrack.
A human story told with taste and simplicity. Better still, it is not maudlin.
Not only romantic, it's also touching, and its ideas are expressed with genuine eloquence.
This is a timeless love story for people of all ages.
| Original Score: A+
Offers a moving tribute to love and the courage its risk-taking requires.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Makes you long for an American filmmaker with the guts to put the AARP generation in roles this deep and rewarding.
How can one praise a film that's so busy congratulating and complimenting itself?
The timelessness of love is perfectly expressed in Innocence, Paul Cox's humane story of rekindled romance among the elderly.
| Original Score: 10/10
Takes a brave look at the need for emotional and physical love, no matter one's age, and proves a memorable glimpse into the lives of characters who are so often merely forgotten.
Claire and Andreas are both strong characters with compelling dilemmas that are beautifully realized by actors Julia Blake and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell.
Despite Cox's worst meddling, most of the passion and excitement comes through.
Innocence is remarkable in several big ways that make it possible to overlook the nagging little ways in which it doesn't succeed.
It's about grown-ups and for grown-ups.
Because the script has them lovey-dovey from beginning to bittersweet end, their story is fatally lacking in dramatic conflict.