MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,676 this week

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

5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 226 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 6 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Boyhood

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director Richard Linklater and actors Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke about their movie Boyhood.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 25 Jul 2011
 
a list of 204 titles
created 03 May 2012
 
a list of 166 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
 
a list of 302 titles
created 20 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Untouchable" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Untouchable (2006)

The Untouchable (2006) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Untouchable.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Keep It Quiet (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Lindon
Roberto Succo (2001)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

'Kurt' claims to be a sales rep. He also claims to be English in spite of his heavy Italian accent. Kurt is an habitual liar and a dangerous driver, at the very least. In the south of ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Kahn
Stars: Stefano Cassetti, Isild Le Besco, Patrick Dell'Isola
Backstage (2005)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An adolescent groupie (Isild Le Besco) zeroes in on her Blondie-like idol (Emmanuelle Seigner) after the singer chances to cross her orbit on a publicity tour. Gradually their lives intertwine as, with near-operatic intensity, the film delves into the emotional dependency on both sides of celebrity culture.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Isild Le Besco, Noémie Lvovsky
A Single Girl (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Early one morning Valerie has to tell her unemployed boyfriend Remi that she is pregnant. She has decided to keep the child, but they argue whether they should break up or not. That same ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Benoît Magimel, Dominique Valadié
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fashion executive Dominique's obsession for Quentin, a young bisexual hustler, fills her desire for physical love but leaves her taxed emotionally. Twists and turns in the relationship, ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Martinez, Vincent Lindon
Tosca (2001)
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Benoit Jacquot reinvents the way we view opera in this magnificent production of Puccini's story of Tosca's love for the painter Cavaradossi and the intervention of Scarpia.

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi
The House by the Canal (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on a novel by Georges Simenon: After her parents' death, a young woman moves in with her unsophisticated country relatives with unfortunate results.

Director: Alain Berliner
Stars: Isild Le Besco, Corentin Lobet, Nicolas Buysse
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The slightly kleptomanic 29-year-old Mathilde is experiencing strange swoonings since a few days. There she encounters a mysterious doctor who treats her with hypnosis therapy. As she gets ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Sandrine Kiberlain, Vincent Lindon, François Berléand
Marianne (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Marcel Bozonnet, Julie Gayet
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Rakesh Sharma
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Philippe Le Guay
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Lindon, Camille Japy
Bas-fonds (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Isild Le Besco
Stars: Valérie Nataf, Ginger Romàn, Noémie Le Carrer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jeanne
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 ...
Mani
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 ...
Papu
Susheel Kumar Batra ...
Le père de Mani
Rakesh Sharma ...
Anpar, le père de Jeanne
...
Homme Géorgien
Samuel Sogno ...
Acteur théâtre
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dalit - Intocável  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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!
See more »

Soundtracks

Sunday
Written and Performed by David Bowie
from the album Heathen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
punishes the senses deliberately: literally untouchable
9 March 2007 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

this film punishes the senses deliberately, subjecting its audience to a ripping gauntlet of painful visual and aural textures. our eyeballs are lacerated by the relentlessly jumpy hand-held camera, pans too swift to apprehend without nausea, and the barrage of disorientingly abrupt jump cuts. ears attacked by the harsh banausic soundtrack, pounded by soulless machinery, everything torturously intrusive and overloud, even tap water, where even sitar and tabla are twisted into instruments of pain.

jacquot's apparent rationale for this mortification of our senses is to replicate the pains of a journey of spiritual self-discovery, whose immemorial signposts feature suffering, danger, and abnegation. traditional pilgrims crippled themselves crawling to shrines on their knees. jacquot's pilgrim is a young woman, Jeanne, brought up by her single mother, never feeling at home in society or in her skin, who learns around her 18th birthday that she was conceived in Benares of an Indian father, and compulsively undertakes a voyage seeking him, her roots, herself, a voyage that she insists on financing by painful humiliation.

Isild le Besco, portraying Jeanne, provides a pitch-perfect, nail-on-chalkboard personification of the skin-shredding pilgrim. Using her acting skills and flesh mercilessly, le Besco forces us to internalize the gnawing estrangement, rage, and bafflement that eat at Jeanne like a cancer. The audience is never at ease looking at Jeanne, even when she is getting a massage. Her vulnerability is unendurable, verging always on the razor edge of victimization and violation. le Besco appears to have fattened up her body for this role, especially her hips, which works very well for it, bringing her character to the far edge of voluptuousness, on the point of losing it.

At a Lincoln Center Q&A, Jacquot emphasized repeatedly how crucial it is for a director not to be cognizant of what he is doing. For all his genuine charm, he seemed tormented by hyper-rationality, determined to rid himself of this daemon. The Untouchable, with all its scourging of the senses, seems like his desperate attempt to purge himself of it, like burning away the flesh of corpses in Benares. But doesn't that deliver the film as a triumph of just the kind of rationality that he made it to escape?

For me Jacquot's rip-tide--reason trying to trick away reason by mortifying the senses--made The Untouchable a film that i found almost too painful to watch. The theory was enjoyable to contemplate--as were moments of beauty and mystery--but his programmatic bloodying of my poor eyes and ears gave me a headache so bad that I had to fight to keep from vomiting. Nonetheless, I can't help admiring the good work, thoughtfulness, and courage (to create something so rebarbative) that went into it's creation. Would that Jacquot had trusted those moments of beauty and mystery, allowed them to take off free of the visual and aural punishment, lifted the veil of supplices.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Untouchable (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?