Touch Me Not
2018, Adina Pintilie, Romania/Germany, 125 min.
Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis
- Sat, Mar 30th 7:45pm
- Wed, Apr 3rd 6:00pm
“A curiously intense, weirdly tranquil experience…hard to shake.”-- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
This Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner goes where few filmmakers dare to tread, exploring body image, the elusive link between body and soul, and sexuality through the lens of disability, whether psychological or physical. Freely alternating fictional and reenacted sequences with documentary observations, experimental filmmaker Pintilie, a first-time feature director, goes inside the relationships, sexual hang-ups, and physical challenges of three subjects: Laura, a woman who engages both male and female sex workers in order to confront her fear of intimacy; Tómas, a man with a disfiguring skin condition; and Christian, a married man confined to a wheelchair. In no way a clinical study, TOUCH ME NOT is a roughly poetic, confrontational, and frank meditation on what it means to be wholly human. In English and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. Note: Contains nudity and explicit sexual activity. Courtesy of Kino Lorber Films. (BS)