by bsimon, published on July 10, 2012|
ShockYa: What more can you tell us about Touchy Feely?
Lynn Shelton: Its a real departure. The three films I made prior to Touchy Feely all involved three characters and one location, basically taking place over the course of one long weekend which I love and cant wait to get back to. But I wanted to break out and see if I could expand my horizons a little bit. So its an ensemble cast, the core of which are two characters which I wrote for specific actors Rosemarie DeWitt and her brother, whos played by Josh Pais. Hes a dentist and shes a massage therapist who loses her ability to deal with the human body. She develops this sudden revulsion around skin and bodies and touching, and so she develops an identity crisis and sort of goes through a long, dark journey of the soul, and he goes through his own interesting journey of self-discovery in a different direction. They have a tug-of-war over his daughter, her niece, played by Ellen Page, whos in a very co-dependent relationship with her father and feels like she has to take care of him. Shes trying to figure out how to get out of that. And then Scoot McNairy is a real up-and-comer who plays Roses boyfriend, and that family unit also has Allison Janney, who plays Roses mentor/friend, and Ron Livingston, Roses (real-life) husband, is also in it in a sort of mysterious supporting role. It feels really different than the last couple movies Ive been making. I wanted to go back to my first impulses as a filmmaker. My first feature had a lot of subjective filmmaking and some mystery and cinematic poetry in it, in a way. Its fun to have parallel storylines to go back and forth between. Its a new beast.
ShockYa: You mentioned that its different in its construction and these respects. Has that been born out or proven to be quite a different experience in the editing room yet?
Lynn Shelton: Yeah. These movies, theres longer scenes where more takes place, and so Touchy Feely is more of a classic movie in that theres just a lot more scenes. And so trying to figure out the order and cutting the overall structure is much more like a jigsaw puzzle. It feels very different, and I think there will be a lot more music and sound design.