TIFF 2018: Touch Me Not

Touch Me Not. Courtesy of TIFF.

While it’s not for everyone, Touch Me Not is a documentary that examines intimacy in the way one handles their own sexuality.

What director Adina Pintilie is trying to do here is get some sort of emotional response from her subjects.  There’s three main subjects.  Another one is a transgender woman who uses her experience in sex work as a form of therapeutic exercises.  There’s a lot of exploration of sexual identity featured within the film.  If you’re not a fan of sexual kinks, this film is not for you.

Maybe it’s because of my own repressed sexuality over the years but to put it simply, I was not a fan of Touch Me Not.  As it goes with anyone, how I responded to this film is going to be different than somebody else.

DIRECTOR:  Adina Pintilie
FEATURING:  Laura Benson, Tomas Lemarquis, Christian, Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Adina Pintilie, Hanna Hofmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova, Rainer Steffen, Georgi Naldzhiev, Dirk Lange, Annett Sawallisch

Touch Me Not holds its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery program.  Kino Lorber is planning a 2019 release.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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