The Untouchable

This 2006 French drama opens with an abrupt cut to the young heroine (Isild Le Besco) getting slapped full in the face, but the rest of the movie barely connects. After scoring with the noirish A Tout de Suite, Le Besco and writer-director Benoit Jacquot have fashioned another story of a young woman adrift on a voyage of self-discovery; this time she's an aspiring actress who, after learning that her biological father was from India, heads east to Varanasi in hopes of making contact with him. This never happens, and her journey fails to surmount the cliche of a Westerner seeking spiritual enlightenment through an exotic culture. In English and subtitled French and Hindi. 82 min.

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