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L’Intouchable

Director: Benoît Jacquot

France. 2006. 82mins


The intriguing Isild Le Besco plays Jeanne, a young woman whose life is a complicated mix of trying to find work as an actor while bumping around in casual and unsatisfactory relationships. Rehearsals and auditions lead to sporadic work, on stage and in film. But what starts to eat away at Jeanne is the fact that she does not know the identity of her father. Even her mother (Berangere Bonvoisin) is unsure – but there was a relationship with an Indian man… An air of ennui suffuses as the film wallows in France, but gives way to a sense of wonder, chaos and colour and vitality as it moves to the subcontinent. In the film’s second half, Benoît Jacquot’s handheld camera follows Le Besco almost as a documentary subject. As she comes closer and closer to her goal, we wonder what she will find at the end of her quest: her father or something more elusive, more enriching.

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