The Untouchable (2006)
"L'intouchable" (original title)

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On the day she celebrates her birthday, Jeanne, a young actress, is told by her mother her father is an Indian she once met on the banks on the river Ganges. From then on, Jeanne acts with ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bérangère Bonvoisin ...
La mère de Jeanne
Marc Barbé ...
François, le metteur en scène du film
Manuel Munz ...
Agent Jeanne
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
L'amant de Jeanne
Yaseen Khan ...
Passager indien
Parikshit Luthra ...
Pascal Bongard ...
Français piscine 1
Pierre Chevalier ...
Français piscine 2
Caroline Champetier ...
Muriel, religieuse sous le nom de Soeur Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus
Dablu Kumar ...
Susheel Kumar Batra ...
Le père de Mani
Rakesh Sharma ...
Anpar, le père de Jeanne
Homme Géorgien
Samuel Sogno ...
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On the day she celebrates her birthday, Jeanne, a young actress, is told by her mother her father is an Indian she once met on the banks on the river Ganges. From then on, Jeanne acts with singleness of purpose: she leaves the rehearsal of the the play "Sainte Jeanne des Abattoirs" she had wanted so much to be in, accepts a shameful role in a poor movie just for the money, buys an air ticket and flies to India, where she both hopes and fears to meet her biological father... Written by Guy Bellinger

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6 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dalit - Intocável  »

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Jeanne: Isn't your bed too small when am in it?
L'amant de Jeanne: It is too small when you are NOT in it!
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An Idea That Never Takes Flight
11 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE UNTOUCHABLE requires patience on the part of the viewer - patience to stay with this sullen, dark and clunky film to the end only to discover the wait was not worth the patience! Writer/director Benoît Jacquot had a good idea: trace the search for a biological father to a country foreign to the seeker. What results instead of a journey of self-discovery is a travelogue to India as captured by a hand held camera with what appears to be a minuscule budget.

Jeanne (Isild Le Besco) discovers on her eighteenth birthday that her mother (Bérangère Bonvoisin) conceived her on the banks of the Ganges River in India with an Indian man who remains unknown. Furious at her mother's secret and feeling the profound need to connect with her biological father, Jeanne, an actress, leaves her acting workshop to make a racy film in order to make enough money to travel to India. Once in India she searches for traces of her father without success. But the search is not without some interest for the viewer: the hand held camera that follows her through the airport and the countryside and to Benares (that city by the Ganges where the dead are cremated in elaborate fashion and the living bathe in the waters of the holy river). She gathers clues as to her father's identity from friendly strangers, but alas, the riddle remains unsolved.

Isild Le Besco is in practically every frame of this film and she indeed is an interesting actress to watch. But the lack of intelligent dialogue prevents this film from revealing motivations or character development, opting instead for a static (and rather poorly edited and scored) glance at the mysteries of India. For those interested in watching in detail the preparation of bodies for cremation and the slow act of that ritual, this is a film worth watching. For the casual viewer it is tedious. Grady Harp

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