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114 Ratings

The Unspeakable Act

Directed by Dan Sallitt
United States, 2012


Jackie’s an average teenage girl. Except that she’s deeply in love with her brother.

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The Unspeakable Act Directed by Dan Sallitt
Though the romance is complicated by the fact that it occurs between a smitten teenage girl and her protesting brother, the film’s humor is driven by neither farce nor cynicism but droll observation. In the process, it proves that “literary” is a term best applied to cinema not for grandiose, stretched-out narratives but for quiet communication that can be traced in posture and glance as much as speech.
June 26, 2015
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Sallitt’s target isn’t intellectualism so much as the way in which people who self-identify as “educated” can hide behind intellectualization—a theme that makes the movie’s dedication to Eric Rohmer seem all the more apt.
September 18, 2014
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Trying to account for the beauty, power, and tenderness of this fine 2012 American independent feature by Dan Sallitt—about the potentially incestuous bond between a brother and sister, and the sister’s traumatic difficulties in sorting out and working through her own feelings about it—I’m immediately reminded of the beauty, power, and tenderness of my favourite single sentence in Andrew Sarris’ The American Cinema…
December 30, 2013
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