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The Innocents

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense post-World War II drama has rape, violence.

Movie PG-13 2016 115 minutes
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Investigations into the horrors of World War II generally focus on evildoers doing their evil, but The Innocents deftly, affectingly, and shockingly reveals evil done by the good. The Innocents slowly and strategically gives us real villains -- Russian army rapists who ravish a convent full of nuns -- and then, slowly, we are also introduced to the suggestion that in that community of God-fearing peacefulness, religious rules are adding to the injury by punishing the victims of the barbarity. And when it becomes clear that those religious rules are promoting and justifying other kinds of barbarity, the filmmaker slyly pushes us into the realization that evil can hide anywhere. Older teens may ponder such justifications, which may make for great conversations about the purpose of religion and about the philosophy of ends justifying the means. In the wake of revelations about decades of covered-up sexual abuse by clergy, the film resonates even more strongly.

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