I am a believer in fate, and I love when something enters my life unexpectedly and changes my perception of the world. This also applies to exquisite moments captured in film, which hit a hidden emotional cord and last with me permanently. I started to write for brwc because I was hoping that by sifting through a multitude of unusual films, I would be struck by a film that moved me, by surprise and coincidence, in the same way some of my other favourite films did when I first saw them. This is my third film review for brwc, and I’ve already found it. Touchy, Feely has everything I could want from a film. A beautiful soundtrack which compliments the fantastic film work, excellent acting despite a mostly unexceptional cast, and complex emotional exploration.
The storyline is a simple but effective one; Abby (DeWitt) is a masseuse who suddenly develops a fear of skin on skin contact, and her life begins to spiral out of control. Her brother’s (Pais) empty dental practise suddenly picks up business as rumours start to spread that he can cure dental illness. The contrast of these two characters is the crux of the film, but there is an excellent side story with the wonderful Ellen Page as Paul’s daughter Jenny. Despite her being much more successful than the rest of the cast, at no point are they out-shined, the performances are excellent. The film is almost hypnotic, I found myself lost completely in my own thought several times throughout the film whilst the characters are going through their development
Having found a film this fantastic so soon, I can now only assume by default I will watch numerous films that have no lasting emotional connection with me, but here’s hoping I’m back next week with another corker! If you find yourself with any spare time at all this week, watch this film, ten minutes in and you’ll never look back.
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