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Touch Me Not (2018)

Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives.


Adina Pintilie


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Credited cast:
Laura Benson ... Laura
Tómas Lemarquis ... Tomas
Christian Bayerlein Christian Bayerlein ... Christian
Grit Uhlemann Grit Uhlemann ... Grit
Adina Pintilie ... Adina
Hanna Hofmann Hanna Hofmann ... Hanna / transsexual
Seani Love ... Seani
Irmena Chichikova ... Mona
Rainer Steffen Rainer Steffen ... Stefan
Georgi Naldzhiev Georgi Naldzhiev ... Male Escort
Dirk Lange ... Radu
Annett Sawallisch Annett Sawallisch ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jette Blümler Jette Blümler
Michael Braun Michael Braun
George Chiper George Chiper


"Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love." Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathetic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deeply afraid of it, they work to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, to cut the cord and finally be free. Touch Me Not looks at how we can find intimacy in the most unexpected ways, at how to love another without losing ourselves. Written by 68th Berlin International Film Festival & Manekino Film

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English | German

Release Date:

31 October 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dokunma Bana See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,616, 13 January 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,782, 7 March 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Christian Bayerlein was born with a severe disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). He has a diploma in computer science and works as a web developer at the German Federal Archives. He lives in Koblenz, Germany, and was the Honorary Disability Officer of Koblenz for five years until 2015. Because of his participation in provocative art and his intimate interviews - available online in German - concerning his sexual life as a disabled person, the ruling political party CDU was against his re-election. On his personal website 'www.thalon.de' Christian writes about himself: "I'm a nerd, loving Science and Science Fiction - especially 'Star Trek'. I travel a lot, seeing the world is one of my big passions. I love to hang out with friends and go to the cinema as well as enjoying arts and culture." See more »


Adina: [voice over] Tell me how you loved me, so I know how to love.
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5 Uhr 48/Tier
Written by Blixa Bargeld and N.U. Unruh
Performed by Einstürzende Neubauten
Published by Freibank
Courtesy of Potomak
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A challenging way to answer challenging issues about the truths of human nature
8 March 2019 | by GiYoungSee all my reviews

A brave film that puts things, people, dimensions and perspectives on the table of truth, things that we do not look at easily, we do not look at at all or look with too much judgment and prejudice.

I loved Laura from start to end, she kept the film in her hand in an extremely difficult role, an excellent actress that I would love to see in other productions.

I also liked the music and cinematography, as well as the director's passion for innovation and experiment, her overall curiosity for life and courage to jump in the unknown.

"Touch me not" is not a movie to fall in love with and not for people who live life at its surface, but it is a necessary, human and useful film, a movie that stays with you and raises new questions if you leave yourself open and allow it, if you accept the journey the director proposes to you.

My opinion is that the film deserves its Golden Bear award, and because it's also a debut film for the director, the performance is even more impressive. I expect Adina Pintilie to return in the coming years with surprising productions as there's a lot of potential in her.

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