What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels? Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her brother, Paul, an emotional zombie, owns a flagging dental practice, where he enlists the assistance of his equally emotionally stunted daughter, Jenny. Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which seriously hinders her chosen profession and the passionate love life she once shared with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice. As Abby navigates through an identity crisis, her brother discovers a whole new side of himself.
Boasting superb performances from an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and newcomer Tomo Nakayama, Touchy Feely is about learning to live in your own skin—literally and figuratively. Written and directed by talented Sundance alumnus Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister), Touchy Feely bristles with originality, coupled with Shelton’s trademark sensitivity to the foibles of human nature. - D. C.
About the Director
Lynn Shelton is best known as the director of the acclaimed comedy Your Sister’s Sister, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt, and Mark Duplass, which screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Shelton’s hit film Humpday won a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Her first narrative feature, We Go Way Back, won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2006. Her second film, My Effortless Brilliance, earned her the Someone to Watch Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards.
Cast and Credits
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenwriter: Lynn Shelton
Producer: Steven Schardt
Coproducers: Mel Eslyn, Lacey Leavitt
Cinematographer: Benjamin Kasulke
Editor: Lynn Shelton
Production Designer: John Lavin
Composer: Vinny Smith
Principal Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais
Contact: Steven Schardt / Most Favored Nations / email@example.com