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UNTOUCHABLE, THE

France, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Jaguar International Panorama)

Director: Benoit Jacquot

UNTOUCHABLE, THE

The chaotic life force of India sits starkly next to the measured pace of France in Benoit Jacquot's new film, characteristically drawing a line between the inner and outer world of his characters. In The Untouchable, that world belongs to the young actress Jeanne (Islid Le Besco, who won Best Young Actress at Venice Film Festival for this role). When Jeanne's mother tells her that her father is an Indian man from the so-called ‘untouchable' caste, she abandons rehearsals on a Brecht play with her director-come-lover so she can make some fast cash and leave for India. Once there, she travels from Delhi to Varanasi. Her odyssey takes her through scenes of unparalleled colour and movement to an eventual form of resolution.

D/S Benoit Jacquot P Christophe Bruncher WS Pyramide Films L English, French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/82mins

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