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Jackie Kimball is a likable, normal 17-year-old girl in every way but one: she has been in love all her life with her brother Matthew, one year older than her. Matthew is bringing his new girlfriend Yolanda home to dinner at the Kimball house, and Jackie's melodramatic anguish disrupts the family's preparations. Surprisingly sociable during the dinner, Jackie later confronts her brother tearfully in the attic room that is their traditional meeting place. Matthew and Jackie have been symbiotically close all their lives, but Matthew doesn't share Jackie's incestuous inclinations, and Jackie has no choice but to deal with the intrusion of adult life upon their childhood intimacy. Long widowed, Jackie's mother Alice is a sympathetic but detached presence, often found at her writing desk, drinking coffee and composing letters and journals. An older brother, Will, is an exchange student abroad; sister Jeanne, impatient with Jackie's flamboyance, is poised to leave home soon. Though Jackie ... Written by
The unspeakable act is actually referred to as the unmentionable act several times throughout the movie; I throw that factoid out just as fyi, because it's about as useful and interesting as the film.
I do wish there was a rulebook for quirky-characters-who-live-with-funny-families movies, as the first rule really should be some semblance of identifiable reality, no matter how remote.
These vague, dull, pseudo-academic people live in a bright, decorative, well-maintained house in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood with nothing but a short dismissive voice-over claiming that nobody knows where their money comes from, and absolutely no indication that anybody in the family is capable of or interested in any kind of regular home maintenance, much less the creativity necessary for the carefully artful appearance of this particular home.
I really have nothing else to add except that in watching this, the fast-forward button is useful, as you won't miss anything.
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