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Felt (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 20 September 2014 (USA)
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A woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life.

Director:

Jason Banker

Writers:

Jason Banker (story), Amy Everson (story)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Amy Everson Amy Everson ... Amy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kentucker Audley ... Kenny
Ryan Creighton Ryan Creighton ... Ryan
Elisabeth Ferrara ... Elizabeth (as Elizabeth Twaits)
Roxanne Knouse Roxanne Knouse ... Roxanne (as Roxanne Lauren Knouse)
Merkley Merkley ... Photographer
Brendan Miller ... Brendan
Alanna Reynolds Alanna Reynolds ... Alanna
Antonio Ruiz Jr. Antonio Ruiz Jr. ... Tony (as Tony Ruiz)
Mark Skubala Mark Skubala ... Mark
Brandileigha Stracner Brandileigha Stracner ... BL
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Storyline

Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a what she perceives as a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him - but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn't just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off. Written by Amplify Releasing

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Drama | Horror | Romance

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Not Rated

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Войлок See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

The "doll" mask Amy wears in the woods was inspired by the movie El Orfanato (aka J.A. Bayona's The Orphanage). See more »

Goofs

In the hollowed out tree, Amy takes her bra off to put the man suit on and it is evident through the thin fabric that she is bra-less. In the next shot, her breasts are wrapped under the suit. See more »

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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Not all Shades of Grey are equal
5 September 2015 | by SilvaringSee all my reviews

The summary does a good job of explaining the plot without giving too much away. So how is the experience of watching it? First the good - Atmosphere is cool, and the movie doesn't dwell too long on each scene so there's a nice forward momentum to the story. Characters are interesting, and even though the film focuses mainly on the lead the other characters can be pretty realistic and non-cliché. Finally, the movie is fresh in that you don't often see female leads who are getting into these kind of weird depressive aggressive states. Coming off of 7 Chinese Brothers you kind of get reminded about how many indie films have guys in the lead.

Now the bad. As another review states the film does drag in the second half, and the start of the issues possibly begin in the bedroom scene (just after the halfway mark). In this scene the lead character (who might have been the victim of rape in the past) opens up to someone else. She goes onto say 'As a woman you're constantly objectified and discredited for anything you do because you're female', and 'just because you're a girl gives men the right to do whatever they want to you, because they (men) are selfish and exploitative'. Aside from being completely false, this kind of stereotyping of entire genders isn't recognized as a problem in the film, and if the film had explored the trauma that could lead a person to these kind of views it would have been balanced, but it never does. So what all this means is that the film doesn't go to places it should have (kind of like another recent film called 'Dirty Weekend' with an elderly Matthew Broderick questioning but never actually questioning his sexuality).

There are probably other minor things I missed, but those should cover the main elements. Worth a watch - maybe.


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