Touchy Feely

2013 | 88 minutes | R | IMDb

Directed by Lynn Shelton

Cinematography by Benjamin Kasulke

Starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston & Tomo Nakayama

Premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

New York Times review | IndieWire review | interview


TOUCHY FEELY is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul's 'healing touch' begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office. As Abby navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis, her formerly skeptical brother discovers a whole new side of himself. TOUCHY FEELY is about the experience of living in one's own skin, both literally and figuratively. (Official)


Filmed in Seattle, Washington

Shot on the Sony PMW-F3

"We shot on a pair of Sony PMW-F3s with two matching sets of Zeiss Ultra Speed Primes."
-- Ben Kasulke

Budget: N/A


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