The authentic spiritual journey is through the darkness to the light. The face of innocence is part of a self-concept that attempts to be perfect, but often finds itself at the mercy of the world. Although it may be able to perform perfectly, weakness is at its core, because it is a denial of Self, of true strength. Eventually, holding up the mask and trying to maintain personal control over life cannot last, and cracks begin to appear in the fabric of the mind. As the false sense of self begins to fall away, the darkness beneath is revealed. Although disorienting and frightening to go through, the darkness has to be allowed into awareness, including the attraction and the fascination with what has been repressed and denied, in order for it to be released.
Attacker and victim are brought together in this movie as it is seen that there is nothing outside of one’s own mind. You are neither the face of innocence nor the dark self that lies beneath. It is through allowing both up into awareness, to be seen and transcended, that who you truly are can be set free.