Wexner Center for the Arts

The Unspeakable Act


“Strong evidence that Dan Sallitt is one of the most underappreciated major American indie writer/directors out there.”—J. J. Murphy, jjmurphyfilm.com

“One of the ten best films of 2012! As close as an American director has ever come to making an Eric Rohmer movie.”—Amy Taubin, Artforum

With his third feature film, film critic-turned-filmmaker Dan Sallitt has finally been recognized as one of the most distinctive American indie directors working today. The title of The Unspeakable Act refers to 17-year-old Jackie’s incestuous desire for her older brother who’s about to leave for college. But Sallitt isn’t interested in provocation. Jackie’s longings become a search for her own adult identity against the backdrop of her dependence on her family. The result is one of the most sophisticated, intelligent, and mature indie films in recent years. Tallie Medel delivers a captivating performance as Jackie. (91 mins., video)