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THE INNOCENT [France], Thursday 7 December, 8pm

By August 10, 2023December 28th, 2023archive, Season 24 Autumn 2023

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Familial tensions, criminal hijinks and unexpected romance collide in the uproariously entertaining new comedy from the multi-talented Louis Garrel (A Faithful Man), about the misguided attempts of a dedicated son who, in trying to protect his mother, finds himself embroiled in an elaborate heist.

Lyon, present day. When widowed marine biologist Abel (played by director Garrel) learns that his impulsive mum Sylvie is once again re-marrying – this time to an inmate she met whilst teaching theatre in prison – he’s much more than uncomfortable. Doubting that convicted burglar Michel is capable of turning over a new leaf, Abel’s protective streak kicks in, and so with the help of his best friend Clémence, he begins tailing his new stepfather’s movements. Their amateur sleuthing is quickly uncovered by Michel and triggers an unlikely – and bold – business proposition for them both.

Joyfully paying homage to the great crime capers of the French New Wave, and partly inspired by events from his own life, Garrel’s witty and beautifully constructed film is a delirious mix of comedy, romance, suspense and action, with several twists too good to spoil. Selected as the special Gala Screening to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival – where it drew a thunderously positive response – this hilarious, quintessentially French comedy aims to please and does so effortlessly.

Few caper comedies have this much heart, and few romantic dramas offer such an appealingly nutty plot. – Wall Street Journal

A humanistic story wrapped in a fun, punchy exterior, much like the French synth-pop music throughout its soundtrack. – New York Times

The Innocent is the first movie of Cannes 2022 to give me that belly aching, knee slapping laughter that I desperately needed. – Deadline Hollywood

It’s a broad, enjoyable, light-hearted movie with a fair few not-insignificant plot holes, but a genuinely surprising storyline that keeps you guessing to the end. – The Guardian

100% Rotten Tomatoes

  • France, 2022 | Language: French | 99 minutes | Cert: 15a
  • Director: Louis Garrel
  • Cast: Roschdy Zem, Anouk Grinberg, Noémie Merlant, Louis Garrel
  • Foreign language films are subtitled.  Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • A short film may be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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