A Song of Innocence (2005)
Tensions arise in the household of a bourgeois architect and his young wife when they hire a young peasant girl as a wet nurse for their newborn daughter, and a friendship blossoms between the two women despite class differences. Set in 1877, A Song of Innocence opens to find Julien (Gregoire Colin) and his wife Charlotte (Emilie Dequenne) welcoming their infant daughter home. It was a difficult delivery for Charlotte, and since ambitious Julien is always away at work, the couple agree to bring in Angele-Marie (Islid Le Besco) as a wet nurse. Disappointed at having a girl, Julien plans to try for a male heir as soon as possible, despite the fact that Charlotte isn't sure she wants to have anymore children. The mood in their household is already strained when, in Julien's absence, Charlotte and Angele-Marie discover that they have more in common than either woman expected. Just days before going to work for Charlotte and Julien, Angele-Marie gave birth to her own child, quickly sending her baby off with another wet nurse so she could earn a decent wage as a wet nurse to the wealthy couple. But Julien makes no attempt to hide his distain for the relationship between the two women, and it isn't long before the situation threatens to turn violent. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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In "A Song of Innocence," Charlotte(Emilie Duquenne) has just given birth to a baby girl but hated the experience so much that she does not want to let her husband Julien(Gregoire Colin) anywhere near her. It is harder than it sounds since he was disappointed that he did not get a son. At least, he hired Angele-Marie(Isild Le Besco) to be their wet nurse from an agency.
"A Song of Innocence" is a darkly enchanting movie that in mood resembles one of the fairy tales Charlotte is so fond of. That does not mean the movie is not steeped in reality, in this case late 19th century France where cameras are becoming more common. At the same time, ignorance is still rampant which does nothing to help with the incredibly high infant mortality rate. And the master-servant relationship of the time is not much different from that under the monarchy, except it takes on a fetishistic tone in the movie. All of which is a shame because Charlotte really does not need a wet nurse(she is lactating nicely on her own) but a friend.
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