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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
This film will not appeal to must audiences first due to it's taboo topic and secondly it's slow pacing and lack of a driving plot. But the films overall message does slowly come through for a satisfactory conclusion.
Through many silent long shots(plus the occasional voice over) we see the life of Jackie told mostly in the in between of normal life as she struggles to deal with her unspeakable act. Which is the act of loving and desiring her older brother. He does not share her physical desires so though close, their unusual relationship remains strained.
The Unspeakable Act is a movie that shows the struggles of a young girl made all the harder by the cultural taboo surrounding her feelings. She fights against the reality of adult life but inadvertently comes to accept the hard truths of her situation. Although you may not be able to identify with Jackie's situation, the film holds you in such a way that you can understand and feel for this conflicted character. Her story is so sincere that it makes you question if what is different is truly wrong
i highly recommend this film for people who enjoy a complex story that makes you think and doesn't give you the easy answers.
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