by Kevin Jagernauth, published on Dezember 17, 2012 - 1:35 PM|
So here's the pitch: a massage therapist develops an aversion to bodily contact. Hilarity right? You might think that, as it's from Lynn Shelton, the writer/director behind "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister." But as the helmer tells EW, her latest "Touchy Feely" marks a bit of a change. It doesnt have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had, she says. It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. Its really about attempting to live in your own skin, both literally and metaphorically.
The movie has lined up an absolutely great cast with Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy and Josh Pais all taking roles, and Shelton expands on the themes of the film. One thing that this film delves into that Ive never really dealt with before is how your work relates to your sense of worth and your identity, she reveals. Abby [DeWitt] is somebody whos really confident shes good at what she does. Her identity is really tied to being a healer, somebody who really connects to other people physically. When thats taken away from her, shes completely undone. She doesnt have anything to anchor her.
It's certainly an intriuging setup, and the cast rounded up to tell it is nothing to sneeze at. And while the premise may scream "quirk!" it's clear Shelton is using it as a launchpad to try and address some deeper topics. We'll see how it shakes out at the Sundance Film Festival next month.