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262 Ratings

The Unspeakable Act

Directed by Dan Sallitt
United States, 2012
  • English
  • No subtitles


Jackie is a normal teenager–except that for as long as she can remember, she’s been in love with her older brother Matthew. They rely on each other for friendship and support, but Matthew doesn’t share his sister’s feelings. When he departs for college, Jackie must contend with life on her own.

The Unspeakable Act Directed by Dan Sallitt
The Unspeakable Act is an affirmation of Sallitt’s originality, bravery, and commitment as a filmmaker.
March 05, 2013
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Mr. Sallitt lays down a customarily restrained mode of acting (the kind that somehow seems less flat and more natural in French cinema), but it’s in the service of a rare lucidity about feeling.
February 28, 2013
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Though the romance is complicated by the fact that it occurs between a smitten teenage girl and her protesting brother, the film’s humor is driven by neither farce nor cynicism but droll observation. In the process, it proves that “literary” is a term best applied to cinema not for grandiose, stretched-out narratives but for quiet communication that can be traced in posture and glance as much as speech.
June 26, 2015
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