7-year-old Norwegian Ida must make new friends when she moves with her autistic sister Anna and her parents to an apartment complex on the outskirts of Oslo. While her parents are unpacking things and busy with work, Ida explores the area and, to her annoyance, has to babysit Anna, who cannot talk. Soon Ida meets the 2 years older Ben and Anna finds a buddy in the gentle Aisha, who feels her right. Ben and Aisha live in the same complex as the sisters and appear to have special powers. More and more often Ida and Anna go outside to play with their new friends, but their initially innocent game gradually takes a grimmer turn.
With The Innocents, Norwegian director Eskil Vogt presents an oppressive and disturbing thriller that takes the viewer into the world of children and pushes the boundaries of morality. Previously, Vogt directed Blind (2014) and co-wrote all of Joachiem Trier’s films, including The Worst Person which was nominated for an Oscar and for which Trier and Vogt himself received the Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The Innocents has also received multiple awards, including last year’s Fantastic Fest Jury Award for Best Direction and a European Film Award for European Sound Designer. This year at the Götenborg Film Festival, the film received the Audience Award for Best Norwegian Film and the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award for camerawoman Sturla Brandth Grøvlen.