Touch Me Not
Romanian director Adina Pintilie blurs the line between fiction and reality in her boldly conceived and executed look at intimacy, attraction and how we perceive beauty. As we meet Pintilie, she’s making a video essay with Laura (Laura Benson), a middle-aged Englishwoman who’s unable to allow herself physical pleasure. In her quest for answers, Laura hires a handsome hustler, a Tantric Sex specialist and also turns to Hannah, a transsexual sex worker. At a group therapy session, Laura and Pintilie meet Christian Bayerlein, a remarkable man whose significant physical limitations are no barrier to a highly sexual life. Bravely performed and with superb sound design, Touch Me Not is a fascinating and strikingly uninhibited study in how we relate to the skin we’re in.
This first feature by young Romanian writer-director Adina Pintilie, who also appears as herself in the film, is striking for its intelligence, self-assurance and originality – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Festival guest: Seani Love