TIFF 2018 Review: THE INNOCENT (Der Unschuldige) (Switzerland/Germany 2018) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Ruth is committed to her work, her family, and her faith, but when an ex-lover is released from prison and comes back into her life, her convictions are threatened.


Simon Jaquemet

Director Simon Jaquemet’s surreal, horrific, imaginative and indescribable THE INNOCENT tells the story of a emotionally disturbed Ruth.  The audience can tell something is definitely amiss when Ruth collapses during a religious meeting and after recovering on a patient bed, the camera catches a glimpse of the pastor zipping up his trousers.  

 Ruth is devoted to her work conducting clinical trials for spinal-cord research, and to the monkeys her lab uses for experiments. With the reappearance of a former lover, who was imprisoned for murdering his aunt decades earlier, the ground starts to shift under Ruth’s feet. As she enters an increasingly dark and troubled world, Jaquemet casts a mesmerizing web of uncertainty around his narrative. Ruth’s husband and daughter turn to religion for help against the forces that threaten to unravel their lives. 

 The film contains some really scary segments like the one Ruth experiences, a sort of take-off of Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT when Ruth enters a worshipping cult.  This film has to be seen to be believed.  In Swiss German.

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