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Touch Me Not (2018)

Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives.


Adina Pintilie


Adina Pintilie
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Credited cast:
Laura Benson ... Laura
Tómas Lemarquis ... Tomas
Christian Bayerlein Christian Bayerlein ... Christian
Grit Uhlemann Grit Uhlemann ... Grit
Adina Pintilie ... Adina
Hanna Hofmann Hanna Hofmann ... Hanna / transsexual
Seani Love ... Seani
Irmena Chichikova ... Mona
Rainer Steffen Rainer Steffen ... Stefan
Georgi Naldzhiev Georgi Naldzhiev ... Male Escort
Dirk Lange ... Radu
Annett Sawallisch Annett Sawallisch ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jette Blümler Jette Blümler
Michael Braun Michael Braun
George Chiper George Chiper


"Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love." Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathetic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deeply afraid of it, they work to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, to cut the cord and finally be free. Touch Me Not looks at how we can find intimacy in the most unexpected ways, at how to love another without losing ourselves. Written by 68th Berlin International Film Festival & Manekino Film

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English | German

Release Date:

31 October 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dokunma Bana See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,616, 13 January 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is director Adina Pintilie's feature film debut. See more »


Hanna: [to Laura] Every emotion is welcome here.
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Wir sind gekommen die Geschenke abzuholen
Written by Blixa Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Alexander Hacke,
Jochen Arbeit and Rudi Moser
Performed by Einstürzende Neubauten
Published by Freibank
Courtesy of Potomak
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Probably the most boring movie ever made.
1 June 2019 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

I'm not the kind to leave the cinema or to quit watching a movie. On the contrary, I'm probably the only one who wants to see absolutely all films ever been made, in full, some of them, which I love terribly, many times. That's what I've done all my life. Also, I'm no bashful, inhibited, prude or easy to be scandalized by nakedness, nudity, sex, etc., on the contrary, I prefer bold, non-conformist films, just like in real life, the unsimulated life. That's what Mrs Pintilie is trying to do with this production, but she does not succeed, the film is a shouting platitude to the sky. The only success is that, not knowing the actors (I had to check on IMDb who is really actor, I first thought they are non-professionals because they all look so real... I still don't know if some are actors or not... anyway, this is not the problem, even the great Fellini used to prefer non-professionals, Pasolini too, and others...). Being a Romanian like Pintilie, I enjoyed enormously when I found out that she won the big prize in Berlin, I asked for her Facebook friendship (she didn't accepted me - I'm OK with that), I was hoping to meet her in London at the Romanian Cultural Center (but she didn't come), just to tell her that I want to work together, all this before I've seen the movie. Now that I've seen it, I know clearly that I do not want to work with Adina Pintilie. She only has to do many other series with the same actors or non-actors from her debut. I'm also very disappointed by the decision makers of the Berlin Festival to award the Golden Bear to this production. But I have the same feelings for Cannes and Oscars for many years: we live in a very sick world.

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