The Unspeakable Act

March 16, 2013

directed by Dan Sallitt, 2012


There are countless moments in Dan Sallitt’s The Unspeakable Act that resonate far deeper than most things you’ve seen on screen; this is a precise and assured work that revels in silence and bruises the viewer with its spoken and unspoken intimacy. The film is the third entry in writer/director Dan Sallitt’s modest filmography thus far, representing some sort of miraculous watershed moment for independent cinema and for Sallitt himself. Though the director tends to deal in taboo subjects, his approach at unearthing brutal truths and honesty within the medium shines brightest in his latest. While on the surface it’s a film about incest, reducing the film and Sallitt’s intentions to a singular portrait of said taboo would prove to be a rather faulty endeavor.

Read full review at Sound on Sight


One comment

  1. […] first time viewings 1. The Lovers on the Bridge (Carax, ’91) 2. The Unspeakable Act (Sallitt, ’12) 3. Aurora (Puiu, ’10) 4. Mauvais Sang (Carax, ’86) 5. Crank: High Voltage […]

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