• Gareth Crook

Touch Me Not (2018) - 1/10

Updated: Apr 25

This is one of the most dull, boring and annoying films I’ve ever sat through. It’s about intimacy and connection ironically. Laura (Laura Benson) has problems with it. It’s very cold. Analytical and often uncomfortably so. Large parts of it feel more like a documentary, others so clinical they’ve had the life strangled out of them. I didn’t enjoy it and considering the subject it’s trying to tackle, I think it fails miserably. It’s exploitative rubbish wrapped up in a pseudo art house construct. Perhaps for that reason it looks quite good in places, well shot in a minimal style and there’s some interesting bits of sound. That’s not enough to save this though. Laura is the focus as she wades through scene after scene exploring different approaches to sexuality. I’ll be fair Benson does rather well. She’s believable and seems completely immersed in this. I feel bad for her in that her performance is wasted. In fact I feel for everyone involved, aside director Adina Pintilie for inflicting this. She appears to have a history in documentaries which explains a little. She also stars here, which doesn’t really explain anything at all. It’s stark and soulless. The longer it goes on, the more annoyed I get. I’ve nothing really nice to say about it, so I’ll just finish by recommending that this is to be avoided.

1/10