What You Need To Know:
(R, NA, L, V, S, A, M) Romantic/Pagan worldview; 3 obscenities; 1 rifle duel (not graphic); prostitution & implied fornication; alcohol use; and, theft, references to gambling & suicide.
The recently widowed Leonor labors to raise her handicapped child as if she were normal in I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, a film set in early Twentieth Century South America. The daughter, Charlotte, is a midget, a fact that is ignored by her mother. This chosen denial is often courageous, often cruel. Privately tutored, Charlotte grows to become an intelligent, creative and proper young lady. When a mysterious older man takes an interest in Charlotte and marries her, the movie illustrates an accurate depiction of the physically impaired as being created in the image of God. However, the movie takes a disappointing turn when Charlotte abruptly elects to run away and join a circus side show. Her mother and husband are both left devastated.
I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT is a bland telling of a story that should portray depth and meaning, but ultimately fails to be anything other than superficial and presents a conflicting message about the nature of humanity. The acting and directing both are insufficient to the task of presenting such depth. Casual treatment of sexual sin and a questionable approach to the value of human life make this a movie to be approached with caution. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT is only a fair movie, at best, and one that lives up to its title by not really talking about much of anything.