TOUCHY FEELY (VSC, 2013) D: Lynn Shelton, w/ Josh Pais, Ellen Page. Rating: NN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NN
Touchy Feely kicks off from an engagingly wacky premise but doesn't fly too far as comedy or drama due to writer/director Lynn Shelton's commitment to confining the action within the bounds of everyday life. Personally, I get enough of that when I get out of bed.
A massage therapist (Rosemary DeWitt) develops an uncontrollable aversion to touching and being touched. At the same time, her stuck-in-a-rut dentist brother (Josh Pais) gets a boost for his failing practice when he develops a healing touch.
He doesn't notice that his daughter (Ellen Page) yearns to escape to university.
The first-rate cast make the most of their characters, particularly Pais, who raises a few chuckles with his wooden physicality. But the story gets weaker as it goes along, until there's nothing left but a whiny ballad to signal the onset of growth and change.
In the extras, Pais, Shelton and others give articulate accounts of their individual and collective processes.
EXTRAS Shelton, Pais, DeWitt commentary, cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes, more. English audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.