Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: L’Intouchable
France, 2006. Sangsho, Arte France Cinéma, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie. Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot. Cinematography by Caroline Champetier. Produced by Christophe Bruncher. Music by Vijay Jaiswal, Monu Rao. Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Marion Monnier. Toronto International Film Festival 2006. Venice Film Festival 2006
After a lifetime of not knowing anything about her real father, a young French actress (Isild Le Besco) is finally told by her mother that the man she had an affair with while living la vida loca in India is quite possibly the mystery man. Quitting the intense theatrical production she has been working on and taking a quick job in a feature film for the money, Jeanne makes a pilgrimage to India where she has an immediate lesson in foreign culture and searches for the man who might be a key to her past. Benoit Jacquot’s return to examining life in modern-day France is a quiet bore, unsatisfying in the revelation of its main character and hampered by an unsympathetic lead character. The photography of India is gorgeous, but Jeanne’s journey there is over so quickly that the effect it has on her is barely felt before she returns home. It should have been a minor classic, a small slice of life in this woman’s experience, but we get to know so little of the character, thanks to her constantly resisting expressing herself, that the experience goes way over our heads.