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Dalila Di Lazzaro,
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
From most of the reviews I've read about this movie so far, I thought reviewers were being a bit too severe over this movie. Or maybe this is due to my low expectations over it when I started watching it. I actually thought it was smart and well put together. It looks like someone like you and I took a camera and started filming around. I thought the voice over to be the most pleasant part of the movie, as it really felt like someone is telling their story. There might have been some annoying elements to it, like the cliché such as the mother who is suspected to have been a drug addict in her youth and was made to look that way, or the narrator saying over and over again that they're 'twisted' and 'weird' and 'fucked up' - which is a habit in American movies that irritates me a lot - but overall the story felt sincere and honest. The title was funny though, since, throughout the whole movie, there isn't actually any unspeakable act, but more unspeakable thoughts. Nothing goes nasty. It's a harmless, and to some extent sweet kind of incest that's being depicted. If, for the first 20 minutes, I had a hard time getting into it, I finally got into the main character and was surprised by where the movie took me. I don't think it's really worth the grade of 8/10 I gave it, but I suppose I'm just trying to make it have a better rating than The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which is the movie it reminded me of (plot, main actor...) - the Unspeakable Act appeared to me as a much less arrogant, much more subtle and honest movie, despite its few downsides.
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