The Sahara Lounge
"...I haven’t read Jane Mendelsohn’s novel, but this film version, apparently, dispenses with the author’s more transgressive notions – crones replenishing themselves on the menstrual blood of virginal, boarding-school girls – in favor of a bloodless and deathly dull portrait of a sweet, albeit damaged, young woman mired in the mundanities of prep-school life. Saturated as it is with (possibly unintentional) cinematic references that its tween-age target audience mostly likely won’t notice – the thumbscrew paranoia of Rosemary’s Baby, various Dario Argento films (chief among them Suspiria), and the far superior Ginger Snaps series – Innocence certainly has all the right genre conventions to toy with, but the haphazard script by Brougher and Tristine Skyler is a bloody mess...."
"...Upstairs, a sound collage of disembodied voices overlaid the island chimes on the first floor. Artist-in-residence Sarah Mendelsohn wired the museum security staff's microphones into a mixer, adding sonic filters, then rebroadcasting their narrations over loudspeakers...."
"...Directed by: Otto Bathurst. Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Tim Minchin, Paul Anderson and F..."
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"...Most of the reviews, however, cited the film's magnificent visual imagery while also decrying its stilted dramaturgy. Such films as Judy Berlin by Eric Mendelsohn, who earned the jury's award for directing, and Treasure Island by Scott King, who earned a special jury award for distinctive vision, are both ambitious narrative experiments whose originality should be acknowledged even if their intents and objectives are at times inscrutable...."