Innocence (2014): Tale of Loss from Hilary Brougher

A chilling chronicle of the precarious state of an American teenager, Innocence, Hilary Brougher’s third film, also aims to serve as an allegory about individual and collective loss and America as a society  torn between purity and narcissism

Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16 year old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life.

Beckett is enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, where her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students as does her first love for Tobey Crawford.

The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women, who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey’s young lives.

A quintessential indie director, Hilary Brougher continues to eplore the lives of young female characters.  In her second feature, “Stephanie Daley,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Fest, the eponymous heroine is also a teenage girl (wonderfully played by Amber Tamblyn, star of TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”), forced to come to terms with killing her own baby, while going through an interrogation by Lydie Crane (Tilda Swinton).

Credits

Directed by Hilary Brougher

Screenplay by Hilary Brougher and Tristine Skyler

Based on the novel by Jane Mendelsohn

Produced by Jane Mendelsohn, Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler

Executive produced by Ron Curtis, Kevin Turen, Nicholas Jarecki, Michael Heller, Mo Al Turki and Brian Young

Running Time:  96 minutes

Rated:  PG-13

Sep 5, 2014

Abramorama Entertainment

Cast

Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis, Graham Phillips and Linus Roche