'The Touch" is at once ugly, beautiful, compelling and true.
It is ugly when it shows an unflinching picture of how painful life can be when people get caught in the blender of bad decisions, messed-up relationships,etc. Life can be a mess-- and many films from a spiritual perspective avoid showing it this realistically.
It is beautiful when it shows what happens when people who claim to know Jesus step out of stained-glass fantasies and actually live out their faith in the middle of the mess.
It is compelling when it deals with the dynamics of the interplay between people who normally avoid each other or only deal in stereotypes of each other.
But mostly, it is all of those things because it is true. Everything in the story happened; it is not fiction. The local settings and film stylings lend realism. And some of the acting (especially Kristia Knowles) is generally good and effective. That realism prevents the film from sliding into religious propaganda.
See "The Touch"-- and see what happens when real faith (not the headline cartoon versions of it) meets real life.
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