The Unspeakable Act (Sallitt, 2012)

Director Dan Sallitt thanks Rohmer (and some mutual friends, D-kaz and Michal!) in the final credits, but I thought mostly of Ozu throughout his astoundingly frank character study about a “normal” teenage girl who happens to be in love with her older brother. The entire thematic heft of the film (which weighs a ton) resides in each calm static composition, beautiful snapshots of a hazy, yearning, emotionally compromised perspective about to change forever. And the acting… god damn the acting is great. The two lead performances by Tallie Medel and Sky Hirschkron drift between melancholy, discomfort, and genuine affection in seamless and surprising ways.

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