7:30 PM, 18th August, 2022
Moody nine-year-old Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) and her family have just moved to a pleasant housing estate in suburban Oslo, Norway. With nothing to do during the summer holidays – and resenting her parents for paying more attention to her autistic older sister (Alva Brynsmo Ramstad) – Ida spends her days outside in the hot sun. So it’s not long until she forges new friendships with similarly-bored neighbourhood children.
It soon transpires, however, that all of Ida’s new friends seem to be able to do little ‘tricks’ – such as making bottle caps fly or communicating without speaking. Together, they set out to explore their abilities, but what begins as innocent playtime soon takes a dark turn.
A low-key horror film with minimalist effects and a stark setting not normally seen in the genre, The Innocents offers a powerful and terrifying metaphor for morality.