Friday 3rd June 2022 – Thursday 9th June 2022Dir. Eskil Vogt, Norway, 2021, 117 mins, subtitled. Cast. Rakel Lenora Flottum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf.
During a bright Norwegian summer at a nondescript housing complex, a group of young children become friends while playing in the communal playground. Nine-year-old Ida is delighted when Ben demonstrates his powers of telekinesis. Another girl, Aisha, can read minds. Soon the three of them are honing their supernatural skills, becoming more powerful as their play takes a malevolent turn.
Creepy, atmospheric and with superb performances from the young cast, The Innocents levitates somewhere between the chilling Scandinavian horror of Let the Right One In, and the work of John Wyndham. This is a winning mix of arthouse and genre.