A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.”
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A bunch of fairly dysfunctional people feeling their way out of their comfort zones. Amiable. Occasionally insightful. I'd like to have seen the story of Paul the Dentist as hapless new age messiah carried through a bit further. Some lovely cinematography - I especially liked the closeups with narrow depth of filed that peppered the movie; they added a distinctive visual flavor.
What I like about Shelton's films (even on the films I'm not particularly enamored with) is that they're simple, unconvoluted, realistic and thought provoking. Also, she's a really good actor's director. Touchy Feely, though, shows none of it. It feels generic, too predictable and really not well staged. I just watched dozens of half assed ideas tossed together by some of the most talented artists in cinema.
You must have been a pretty complex human being to genuinely love this dysfunctional portrait of a family. It's like trying to find the pieces of a puzzle that you don't even understand its outcome. I like how director Lynn Shelton brings about these strange, eccentric feelings from its characters. Good performances by Ellen Page, Rosemarie DeWitt, and by the everly awkward, Josh Pais.
With the storyline seeming so gracious, I expected something memorable but I guess I expected far much. It's not that the film was awful, it has it's perks, it's just the two main stories (a woman who is is unable to touch, a man who has a heeling touch) weren't really captivating. I was more interested in the relationship between Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page's character.