A Touch Familiar

The most fun part of watching The Touch—and there is quite a bit of fun, some of it actually intentional—is figuring out the movie's most unrealistic element. Is it stars' Michelle Yeoh and Ben Chaplin's culture- and, uh, generation-crossing love affair? The film's Disneyfied version of Tibet, where all the monks are smiling and there's nary a P.R.C. soldier to be seen (except for the ones who were reportedly hired to play the monks)? Or is it the movie's revelation that in the new China, no one speaks Chinese?

Maybe that's a bit unfair. Although The Touch is...

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