Norwegian Superpowered Kids Horror Movie Review

Norwegian Superpowered Kids Horror Movie Review

A little blond girl wearing a yellow hoodie.

picture: IFC midnight

After moving to a new home – a group of residential towers Surrounded by forests, quieter than usual thanks to summer vacation, bored young Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) welcomes friendship with a similarly aged neighbor, Ben (Sam Ashraf). but The innocenta brutal yet elegant exploration of the extremes of psychopathy and empathyis hardly your typical coming of age movie.

Written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt (recently nominated for co-writing for Best Original Screenplay The worst person in the world), The innocent benefits enormously from the talented children in its cast, who are believably natural even as the circumstances around them become more and more fantastic. she appear like real kids, and that’s a big part of what makes the film so disturbing. We’re a bit skeptical about Ida from the start; She stomps on worms, spits from balconies, and displays nonchalant cruelty to her older sister, Anna (Alva Brynsmo Ramstad), who is autistic and nonverbal. But she’s thrilled – with a genuine, beaming smile spilling out – as she sees Ben demonstrate his unusual talent of being able to move objects with his mind.

Honestly it’s pretty damn cool and The innocent frames the notion of Ben’s powers so nonchalantly that one almost wonders if one saw what one thought one saw. You did! And Ben seems like a friendly boy who is at least more fun to hang out with than Anna… until Ida sees what Ben is capable of without using his “magic trick” (it’s a pet cat, and it’s terrible). , and you’re definitely starting to worry about where this is all going.

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picture: IFC midnight

The innocent could position itself as a serious charge against the parents in this scenario, but does not back into that corner. Everyone’s personal life is far from ideal – Ida’s parents mainly focus on Anna, who needs 24-hour care; Ben’s mother snaps at him regularly; and the fourth child in the group, Aisha (Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim), who has her own secret talents, overhears her mother sobbing at night for reasons unknown. But more often than not, it seems like the parents are busy with their own lives, definitely making mistakes, but not exactly careless. The kids are outside and just having fun and playing, everyone agrees. What could go wrong? Of all the parents, Anna and Ida’s mother (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) is the most involved; The sisters are the only children with two parents, their apartment is bigger and brighter than the others we see, and they have more of a family structure than a life of looking for junk food for dinner. Still, she’s also the kind of mom who will say, “Tell me the truth, I won’t be mad,” and then get mad anyway.

Needless to say, children do not reveal their gifts to anyone outside of their group, and that certainly includes parents. At first, they’re happy to share their gifts – Aisha, it turns out, is a telepath who can psychically communicate with Ben, but more remarkably, she has a connection with Anna, who sees something behind the boy’s big, vacant eyes girl released. But things quickly get dark when sensitive Ben, who is basically a mini-carriegives in to his malicious instincts with disgusting consequences.

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picture: IFC midnight

The wonderful thing about it The innocent, a scary children’s film What makes the genre feel fresh while also making you feel awful about the world is how understated it is, even when the stakes are sky-high. The intimate drama between the children feels like it could actually happen, barely hidden from adult attention, though it’s not like adults can intervene; It is made abundantly clear that the children have all the real power here. Entangled in their secret, supernatural world, where the rules of reality don’t apply, it’s up to them to solve their problems – even the literal ones of life and death – among themselves. It’s lonely and scary, and even beyond the film’s greater good-versus-evil arc, its smaller moments of wickedness will stick with you long after the film ends.

The innocent comes to selected cinemas and wherever you rent films today.


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