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The Unspeakable Act (2013)




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Dan Sallitt's remarkable, boldly conceived fourth feature is a vivid character study of Jackie, a charismatic, fiercely intelligent, soulful young woman struggling to navigate the choppy waters of adolescence, and nurturing an intense emotional attachment to her older brother that crosses over unmistakably into incestuousness. A critic and blogger as well as a filmmaker, Sallitt has established a unique and confident voice, both in his writing and in his long-gestating but always impressive feature films (all of which will be screening at Anthology on this calendar). A great admirer of (and profoundly astute commentator on) the work of such masters of behavioral cinema as Eric Rohmer, Maurice Pialat, and Mikio Naruse, Sallitt is perhaps contemporary American cinema's foremost keeper of their flame, and THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT a deeply moving example of his craft. (c) Anthology

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Aundrea Fares
as Mrs. Kimball
Sky Hirschkron
as Matthew Kimball
Kati Schwartz
as Jeanne Kimball
Tallie Medel
as Jackie Kimball

Critic Reviews for The Unspeakable Act

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Sensitive subject-matter is handled with tact and intelligence in this tart if talky US indie.

March 7, 2013 | Full Review…

[It] is about the familiar more than it is about the forbidden.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You couldn't accuse the cast members of being good actors (several struggle to be merely amateurish).

February 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
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Sallitt has a good line in barbed wit, whether capturing the intricacies and absurdities of losing your virginity in someone's car or caustically examining Jackie's thoughts on the world.

August 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The result is a film as sensuous as it is intelligent.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Sallitt dedicates "The Unspeakable Act" to Eric Rohmer, and there is some of the cloistered hush of Salinger's Glass family here, but this fluent film has its own serene yet vivid life.

April 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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