Touchy Feely

Director Lynn Shelton scheduled to attend | May 23 & May 25

USA | 2013 | 88 minutes | Lynn Shelton

A massage therapist is stricken with a sudden aversion to bodily contact while her emotionally distant brother finds he can give his dental patients a healing touch, in this amusing exploration surrounding the foibles of human nature.

May 23, 2013
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
7:00 PM Date has passed

Renton Opening Night | Party at Renton Events Pavilion follows the screening.

May 25, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Lynn Shelton’s latest is a touching comedy about touching people. Returning after their collaboration on Your Sister's Sister, Rosemarie DeWitt plays Abby, a massage therapist who develops a sudden aversion to bodily contact. This gets in the way of her job, of course, but also her relationship with her boyfriend Jesse (Scoot McNairy), who has just asked her to move in with him. Or maybe the affliction arises because she has agreed to move in with him. Meanwhile, her emotionally absent brother Paul (Josh Pais) has been relying on his daughter Jenny (Ellen Page) to keep his dying dental practice functioning, at least until he accidentally discovers he can heal a painful jaw disorder. As Abby retreats from the world in order to gain more perspective, Paul enters into it more fully. He even starts seeing Abby’s Reiki master (Allison Janney) who he normally would have dismissed outright as New Age nonsense. As with all of Shelton’s films, the performances are phenomenal: DeWitt deftly balances discomfort with a longing to connect; Pais is heartfelt and hilarious; and Ellen Page is heartbreaking as a girl struggling with unrequited love. In a movie full of people who are uncomfortable in their own skin, they each confront and discover the healing power of human connections.

Director Biography
Critically acclaimed Lynn Shelton returns to the Seattle International Film Festival with her film Touchy Feely Shelton, who has worked in film variously as an actress, director, editor, writer, producer, and more, is responsible for films such as Humpday and My Effortless Brilliance. Additionally, she has worked for TV series such as Mad Men, and her film Your Sister's Sister was the feature film of the SIFF 2012 Opening Night Gala, a first for a local director.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, KCTS 9 Reel NW, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Met

Director: Lynn Shelton
Principal Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 88 minutes
Producer: Steven Schardt
Screenplay: Lynn Shelton
Cinematographers: Benjamin Kasulke
Editors: Lynn Shelton
Music: Vinny Smith
Filmography: Your Sister’s Sister (2012); Humpday (2009); My Effortless Brilliance (2008); We Go Way Back (2006)
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales: Submarine Entertainment
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