When Myrtle (Tilly) was little, she lived a happy life, along with her mother in the small town of Dungatar. When the local school bully is found dead with Myrtle standing over the body, she is immediately accused of the murder and at the behest of the boy's father (who's also a town councillor) Tilly's packed off to boarding school to live a life away from the town and her mother.
Forced to grow up quickly, Tilly runs away to Europe where she finds herself being taken in by a skilled seamstress - sewing was one of the skills that her mother taught her before being forced to leave. Tilly eventually finds herself being recommended to a famous designer who teaches Tilly how to make wonderful clothes.
As years pass, Tilly's mother Molly Dunnage is still constantly talked about and at the centre of any rumours and little by little becomes less able to look after herself. Now living in her dilapidated home, there are few people who speak to her and even less willing to help the old lady to help look after her.
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Frank Mollard is a real estate agent who lacks the rather crucial quality of enthusiasm when it comes to his work, so it's no surprise that he struggles to sell property despite the market being the best it's been in years. But he has enough problems in his personal life to contend with; he's struggling being alone after a heartbreaking divorce and he's desperately at odds with his teenage son. One day, however, a much needed source of comfort arrives in the form of a phone call. The woman on the end claims to be his mother, and she does sound remarkably like so - only his mother died a year ago so it couldn't possibly be true. It turns out to be a wrong number, but Frank still decides to visit the mistaken woman, Sarah, enamoured by her familiar voice and missing his mother now more than ever. He has dinner with her, even meeting her real son Damien, but she's bewildered by Frank's desire to continue seeing her. He knows his mother is gone, and this stranger is not in a position to replace her, but it's going to take some real soul-searching to let go of the women in his life.
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Shy, artistic 8-year-old Sally (Madison) moves across the country to live with her architect dad Alex (Pearce) and his designer girlfriend Kim (Holmes) in a massive old Rhode Island mansion. But she soon starts hearing strange noises, and after discovering a boarded-up basement studio, things start getting a bit freaky. But how can she convince her sceptical father and the stepmum she doesn't trust that there's something in the house that wants to tear the family apart? Even after the handyman (Thompson) is attacked, Alex continues his renovations so he can lure a buyer (Dale).
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Sports writer Joe (Owen) is left in a daze when his wife Katy (Fraser) dies suddenly, leaving him to care for 6-year-old Artie (McAnulty). Since he has spent much of Artie's life travelling with his job, they have a lot of bonding to do, so they head out on a road trip. Then Joe's 14-year-old son Harry (MacKay) arrives from England to get to know his dad. With their unconventional family arrangement, these three cause a bit of concern with Joe's in-laws (Blake and Haywood) and a neighbour (Booth).
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Years later, Patrick is a vegetable in an intensive care unit, with new nurse Kathy (Susan Penhaligon) taking over his care and feeding. Sure enough, it's only a matter of days before Patrick -- eyes wide open, unblinking -- is causing telepathic trouble -- dumping people into pools and typing mysterious messages with his mind. (Apparently he's in love with poor Kathy.)
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Along with a charming romantic story, the Australian/Belgian Innocence shows how an increasing sense of mortality combined with revisiting the past while being entrenched in the present can make something that seems so right seem downright questionable.
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Fifty years after a tender, melodious love affair, two septuagenarians sweethearts are reunited and find their hearts rekindled in "Innocence," an ardent and touching -- if sometimes obvious -- life-affirming romantic drama.
After discovering they've been living in the same unnamed European city for years, widower Andreas (Charles Tingewell) and his first love Claire (Julia Blake) spend a day together catching up like old friends while memories of their youthful lovemaking play in their heads (and on the screen in warm, colorful, silent flashbacks).
Lonely and instantly smitten all over again, Andreas persuades Claire -- married for 45 years to a man who is more a friend than a lover -- to meet again and again until she too is so flush with re-awakened ardor that her whole life is turned upside down by her very first extramarital affair.
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