Touchy Feely stars Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) as Abby, a skilled masseuse whose skills have made her popular with her customers. Things may be running smoothly for her, but her brother Paul (Josh Pais) is struggling to maintain his dental practice, and her niece Jenny (Ellen Page) is falling for Abby’s boyfriend (Scoot McNairy – Killing Them Softly). When her boyfriend brings up the idea of them moving in together, Abby’s life gets thrown out of whack, and the idea of touching anyone suddenly repulses her. Meanwhile, it seems as if her healing touch has been passed on to Paul, and Jenny decides to act on her feelings.
Touchy Feely was written and directed by Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister). Anyone who has ever had to deal with a loss of motivation or inspiration, or perhaps even that nemesis of the reviewer, writer’s block, can sympathize with Abby’s plight. There is a palpable feel to the desperation that gradually takes over as she tries to put things right, and yet, the trailer does show that there is hope at the end of struggles such as the one she faces.
Touchy Feely will be in theaters September 6th.