The Innocent | BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023 | BREC

The Innocent (M)

Run Time 99 mins
Ticket Prices From $12-$19
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France | French with English Subtitles | Comedy Drama | 99 Mins

M: Violence, coarse language and sexual references
Director: Louis Garrel
Cast: Louis Garrel, Anouk Grinberg, Roschdy Zem, Noémie Merlant

BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023

View Sessions
14 July 2023
7:30 pm
20 July 2023
11:30 am
22 July 2023
5:30 pm
View Sessions

The Innocent (M)

A runaway box office hit, and nominated for an extraordinary 11 César Awards, Louis Garrel’s (A Faithful Man) deliriously entertaining comedy hit – a joyful mix of romance, laughs and hijinks – centres on the misguided attempts of a dedicated son who, in trying to protect his mother, becomes embroiled in an elaborate heist plot.

Lyon, present day. When widowed marine biologist Abel (Garrel) learns that his impulsive mum Sylvie (Anouk Grinberg) 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 (Roschdy Zem) is capable of turning over a new leaf, Abel’s protective streak kicks in, and so with the help of his best friend Clémence (a sensational Noémie Merlant), 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.’
Kyle Smith, Wall St Journal

‘The Innocent is a delicious hybrid, like Garrel’s other films — a drama, because the emotions are played straight; a romance, because the characters are looking for love; and above all a comedy, because Garrel pushes it quietly towards logical mayhem.’
Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

‘This film is a slightly slipperier customer than a topline summary would suggest, with tonal shifts that shouldn’t work, but somehow do.
Catherine Bray, Variety



BREC International Film Festival Winter 2023


Full: $19.00
Concession/Student: $17.00
Under 18: $12.00
Group 8: $14.00


Full Cinesaver (Book 11): $176
Full Cinesaver Concession (Book 11): $154
Mini Cinesaver (Book 5): $85
Mini Cinesaver Concession (Book 5): $75

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