Cool movie alert: 'Touchy Feely'
05:00 AM, Aug 26, 2013
Director Lynn Shelton has made several smart, memorable indie flicks in the last few years, including Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister. Her latest, Touchy Feely, marks her most scripted and commercial work to date, although it still feels as natural as her largely improvised films.
The drama stars Rosemarie DeWitt as a massage therapist who is thrown into crisis mode when, suddenly, she becomes repulsed by human touch. Josh Pais plays her brother, a dentist, who experiences somewhat of an awakening at the same time; Ellen Page plays his sweet but heartsick daughter.
I watched the movie last weekend, and I think it might be my favorite Shelton film yet. The cast is superb from top to bottom, though I was particularly moved by a small role played by musician Tomo Nakayama.
Nakayama makes his feature debut in Touchy Feely; Seattle music fans know him as the singer and multi-instrumentalist for the band Grand Hallway. He wrote the song Horses especially for the film, and as the credits rolled I raced to the Internet to hear it again.
Touchy Feely is now on demand via cable services, iTunes, YouTube and elsewhere. It opens in select theaters Sept. 6. While reviews have been mixed so far, I thought it offered a delicate beauty and characters who felt relatable mere minutes after meeting them. Give it a look … and a listen.
Related: My 2012 chat with Shelton