Touchy Feely is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone.
The independent feature made its debut at Sundance at the start of the year, and was thankfully one of the handful of films chosen to screen at Sundance London – you can read our review here. I saw its UK debut back in April and absolutely loved it, and am very much looking forward to a repeat viewing.
Boasting another fantastic ensemble cast, Shelton’s feature will be getting an early VOD release this summer, ahead of a theatrical Us release in September. And now Magnolia have released a terrific first trailer for the film.
Touchy Feely is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit,
Directed by Lynn Shelton, the film stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Ron Livingston, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy and Tomo Nakayama.
Touchy Feely tells the story of a massage therapist (DeWitt) who suddenly develops an aversion to bodily contact, while her brother's failing dental practice gains clients due to his rumoured "healing touch".
DeWitt, who previously appeared in HBO's The Newsroom, is married to Livingston. The couple welcomed a baby girl in April.
Earlier this year, Touchy Feely premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and was screened at Seattle International Film Festival last month.
No Us or UK theatrical release date has been announced yet.
"...'Abby' (DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother 'Paul' (Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter 'Jenny' (Page).
"Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (McNairy).
"Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s 'healing touch' begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office. As Abby navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis, her formerly skeptical brother discovers a whole new side of himself..."
Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais are terrific as the co-leads of a brilliant ensemble cast. DeWitt plays Abby, a free-spirited massage therapist who is suddenly overcome by an aversion to contact with skin, rendering her incapacitated in both her profession and her love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).
Pais plays her brother, Paul, a quirky, uptight, and emotionally unavailable dentist whose daughter, Jenny (Ellen Page), helps his failing dentist practice find its feet when word begins to spread that he has a magical healing touch.
The two siblings start out about as different from one another as is possible. But over the course of the film, as Abby and Paul navigate their own personal journeys and begin
Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Tomo Nakayama.
Running Time: 88 minutes.
Synopsis: A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Don’t worry – this is lighter than it sounds. Though the premise may put you in mind of a powerful but sluggish drama about the fragility of human interaction, Touchy Feely is a warm, accessible and very funny drama. It’s the sort of film Juno would grow up to be, although it may just feel that way due to the always welcome presence of Ellen Page and Allison Janney. This is an ensemble piece that excels due to its wonderful cast, and though Page and Janney are as chuckle inducing,
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