Untouchable, The: Benoit Jacquot’s Family Drama

“The Untouchable,” helmed by the highly acclaimed French director Benot Jacquot, world premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Fest and later played at the Toronto Film Fest. Strand Releasing is now distributing the film on DVD after its theatrical play.

The film tells the intriguing story of an actress named Jeanne, who on her birthday learns from her mother that her father is Indian, a Hindu she met on her travels–he’s an Untouchable her mother says.

The ensuing saga assumes the shape of a peculiar, quite mesmerizing journey of personal discovery. Intending to find her father, Jeanne sets out on her own for the vastness of India with little more than a name as a clue. In the hope that she will find what she is looking for, she immerses herself into the jumble and life of a continent that is totally foreign to her. Eventually, she befriends a young man who acts as a guide, assisting her and introducing her to the mysteries of India. As Jeanne comes nearer to her goal, we wonder what she will find at the end of her quest: her father or something more elusive, more enriching.