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Touched with Fire (2015)

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Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.


Paul Dalio


Paul Dalio
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Holmes ... Carla
Luke Kirby ... Marco
Christine Lahti ... Sara
Griffin Dunne ... George
Bruce Altman ... Donald
Alex Manette ... Eddy
Edward Gelbinovich Edward Gelbinovich ... Nick Quadri
Daniel Gerroll ... Dr. Lyon
Patrick Byas ... Demonix
Genevieve Adams ... Susan
Erick Abbate ... Sammy
James Lecesne ... Frank
James Miles James Miles ... Dan
Angela Pierce ... Sue
Rob Leo Roy ... Gary


Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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The movie is based on the life of director Paul dalio. See more »


George: If they signed up for a dating website, you know, and they put down "mentally ill," it's not like they're going to attract a whole lot of people saying, "Oh, that's my soul mate."
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Performed by Valery Gergiev and Kirov Orchestra
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User Reviews

A realistic portrayal
12 November 2016 | by mingsphinxSee all my reviews

Love and mania and the love of mania -- these are some of the powerful themes explored in this gritty movie about bipolar states of being. The fine script inspired solid performances from the lead and supporting cast alike. They wanted to make this movie and gave it everything they had to tease out the difficult material that was presented in this film. It will probably not be to everyone's taste but if you are looking for a movie that challenges you to examine what society calls 'mental illness' and how that label affects those thus labeled and the difficult relationships that these people have with those who love them most, "Touched with Fire" is definitely a show that you want to check out.

It would be too depressing to make a movie that hews too close to reality when it comes to the bipolar mind because an unwatchable tragedy just seems inevitable; "Touched with Fire" takes the audience close to where they would turn away but manages to inject enough hope to keep you going. And that is the central tension in the film -- a glimmer of hope when all appears to be lost. Many people would disagree and say that this picture is too depressing, but I tend to think that these people want movies to narcotize them with a massive dose of feel-goodism.

Otherwise, for the few grown ups out there, this movie is worthy of your time.

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Release Date:

10 May 2017 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Mania Days See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,816, 14 February 2016

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2.35 : 1
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