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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.


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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,616, 13 January 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Seani: [to Laura] There's some good energy inside you, there's some potent emotion inside that whraaa...
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Wir sind gekommen die Geschenke abzuholen
Written by Blixa Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Alexander Hacke,
Jochen Arbeit and Rudi Moser
Performed by Einstürzende Neubauten
Published by Freibank
Courtesy of Potomak
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Not for Everyone, but worth the time...if you want to work a bit .....
8 October 2018 | by ponderingthoughtSee all my reviews

Touch Me Not is (for me,) one of those types of films that grows on you after viewing it, be that good or bad. In my case it was a good thing. It's not a perfect film, there are parts (the over-use of white for one thing) that smacks a bit of pretentiousness (again to me), but this is a beautifully filmed movie, and the central character, I found interesting, and I wanted to journey with her as she lived out her quest to come to terms with demons from her past (I will say no more), and find peace within herself and move forward... her comment about being fifty and understanding her limited time of full health, and her need to live those dwindling totally healthy years, truly healthy (body and mind), really rang true. As a new director, I am interested to see where she can go next. In the year of #metoo and #timesup, it's win at Berlin could be construed as an homage to that, but I feel in many ways it did deserve its wins for showcasing these ideas in a very intelligent manner. There are moments in the film (the "therapists" sessions and one part of the sex club scene...again, no more as to spoil anything), that left me with mixed emotions, but I think it was my own thoughts, comfort levels and preferences that were influencing and projecting onto the scenes. It was these types of instances that drew me to like this film, for a movie that can make me question my ideas and perceptions is all right by me.

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