Touchy Feely (USA 2013)


Lynn Shelton


Lynn Shelton




Nancy Black, Dashiell Gantner, Trey Beck,


Vallejo Gantner, Dave Nakayama


Steven Schardt





Rosemarie DeWitt


Scoot McNairy


Ellen Page


Josh Pais


Ron Livingston


Allison Janney


Alycia Delmore


Hans Altwies


Sarah Rudinoff

Touchy Feely Woman

Sean Donavan


Shannon Kipp


Tomo Nakayama




(Vollständige Cast & Crew Liste)

Touchy Feely




89 Minuten






13 April - 11. Mai 2012


Seattle, Washington, USA


Rated R for language, some drug use and brief sexuality (USA) / Freigegeben ab 18 Jahren


19. Januar 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)

Firmen / Studios:

Most Favored Nations, Magnolia Pictures

Offizielle Webseite:

IMDb Webseite:


6. November 2013 (Australien, Region Code 4, Madman Entertainment)



Englische Pressenotizen von Magnolia Pictures

(PDF Dokument, 130 KB)


Englischer Kurzinhalt:

Touchy Feely is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).

Deutscher Kurzinhalt:

Touchy Feely ist eine genau beobachtete Auseinandersetzung mit einer Familie, deren psychische Balance plötzlich durcheinander gerät. Abby ist eine erfolgreiche Masseurin, die auf einmal eine Aversion gegen Körperkontakt entwickelt. Ihr Bruder Paul führt ein geordnetes und konventionelles Leben als Zahnarzt, bis ihm magische Hände nachgesagt werden, ein Gerücht, das sein Leben verändert...

Englischer Kurzinhalt (Sundance):

What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels? Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her brother, Paul, an emotional zombie, owns a flagging dental practice, where he enlists the assistance of his equally emotionally stunted daughter, Jenny. Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which seriously hinders her chosen profession and the passionate love life she once shared with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice. As Abby navigates through an identity crisis, her brother discovers a whole new side of himself.


  • Während den 6 wöchigen Dreharbeiten waren mehr als 50 Cast- und Crew-Mitglieder aus der Region Washington im Einsatz
  • Anstatt einem einzigen Drehort, gab es 15 verschiedene. Dadurch wurde anders als bei Lynn Shelton vorangegangenen Filmen nicht 10-12 Tage sondern 20 Tage lang gedreht
  • Lynn Shelton schrieb das Drehbuch innerhalb von 2 Monaten um den Drehbeginn im Frühling 2012 einhalten zu können
  • Abbys Probleme sind teilweise autobiografisch. Lynn Shelton litt vor einigen Jahren unter leichten Depressionen, welche scheinbar aus dem Nichts und ohne bestimmten Grund auftraten


  • “I already had been talking to Rose [DeWitt] for months about being in this movie. I sort of built the characters for her and Josh [Pais]. If they hadn’t been available, I wouldn’t have shot the movie.” (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton über ihre beiden Hauptakteure; Quelle:
  • “The two main characters are brother and sister who are going in different trajectories [...] Abby is somebody who’s really confident she’s good at what she does. Her identity is really tied to being a healer, somebody who really connects to other people physically. When that’s taken away from her, she’s completely undone. She doesn’t have anything to anchor her. [...] There’s a lot of internal struggle. Abby ends up really isolating herself. She’s trying to figure stuff out, and she ends up navigating through it by herself. [...] Quite the opposite of his sister, Paul is introverted. He hasn’t been able to connect to anybody, and he’s just kind of put his head down and decided, ‘Okay, I’m going to get through life.’ He’s very uptight. [...] People start telling him he’s a healer and start seeking him out. At first he doesn’t believe it, but then he started to really soak it in, and it ends up triggering a transformation in him. In this moment, he reaches out to Abby’s mentor, a Reiki practitioner named Bronwyn (Allison Janney, right). She ends up teaching him about her work. It’s a whole new world opening for him. This is kind of the peak of his journey of self-discovery. [...] Ellen Page plays a young woman who is in every aspect of her life, stuck. She encounters Abby’s boyfriend Jesse (Scoot McNairy), and, in the moment shown above, it becomes clear that they’re both sad in their own different ways. They have kind of a parallel emotional experience. Jesse is one of my favorite characters because he’s the one who’s struggling the least. You meet him at the beginning of the film and you don’t give him a ton of credit. He seems almost shallow — he’s not a serious character. But you realize he’s really grounded and just takes life as it comes and says what he feels and is very straightforward. He’s actually the most centered and doesn’t take himself too seriously — to his benefit. He ends up being a real stand-up guy.” (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton über die einzelnen Schauspieler und ihre Charaktere; Quelle:
  • “It always kind of comes back to the same thing for me, which is the sense of ‘Who am I?’ I'm drawn to questions about your relationship to other people and how you sort of shift your sense of identity within your relationships with specific other people — but also in relationship with yourself.” (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton über den Film; Quelle:
  • "It's really about healers and what happens when people are in need of healing. It's very subtle. With "Your Sister's Sister" and "Humpday," it was all based on this wild, wacky premise that people all found our way through. This is way more subtle about the ways in which we heal and where we find healing. Alison Janney is just so good in it. I saw it. You know, you've seen her play some really strong women like on "The West Wing," and she's just Earth Mother in this." (Schauspielerin Rosemarie DeWitt über das was man vom Film erwarten kann; Quelle:
  • "I screamed and skipped around the house. Sundance was where I was praying it would be accepted, and then it happened! I’d been at Sundance before, but you just never know. They get so many submissions. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high. When I found out, it was just as exciting as the first time I got in. I was able to stay for the entire festival, the whole 10 days, and it was a very strong festival this year." (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton über die Neuigkeit, das Touchy Feely in das Programm des Sundance Film Festivals aufgenommen wurde; Quelle:
  • "No, it just occurred to me after having received so many massages over the years. I started thinking about how odd it must be to touch a string of naked strangers. That’s so freaky and weird. That idea bounced around in my head for awhile and led me to a more universal question: If your occupation informs your sense of identity and self-worth, then what kind of hole does that put you in when it’s taken away, and how do you dig your way out?" (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton auf die Frage ob sie jemanden kennt, welcher wie die weibliche Hauptfigur eine Abneigung gegenüber menschlicher Haut hat; Quelle:
  • "My quest is to create characters who feel like real flesh and blood on screen. Sometimes that works if you’ve got the right dialog and actors that can make it sound as if it’s coming out of their mouths. But it’s nice to play off of the script too, like if an actor says, “That line doesn’t feel at home in my mouth. I want to say it differently.” Or if they want to change the trajectory and loosen things up and say the lines out of order, all of that really helps to keep the film dynamic, fresh and naturalistic." (Regisseurin Lynn Shelton über Improvisation; Quelle:
  • "Outstanding. Everyone feels a sense of ownership in creating a Lynn Shelton movie. Lynn chooses amazing people — including the crew. Every person there is committed to making the film the best it can be. Ellen and Rosemarie and Scoot [McNairy] and Allison — everybody was just delicious." (Schauspieler Josh Pais über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cast; Quelle:
  • "I played with creating somebody that was shut down and inside of himself, thinking that if he holds on tightly that will give him some kind of comfort but instead it creates nothing but discomfort." (Schauspieler Josh Pais über die Erschaffung seiner emotional überforderten Figur Paul; Quelle:
  • "I remember thinking ‘ok, Ellen. Improv! Be cool! Be present. Be in it,’ And then we started filming this dinner scene with Rose and Josh and Scoot and I thought ‘I am so bad. They’re going to kick me off this movie, they’re going to call another actress. I am garbage.’" (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über die Herausforderung der Improvisation; Quelle:
  • "I realized a couple takes into it that I’m completely forgetting that I’m playing Jenny. I’m completely forgetting everything we’ve been talking about. On top of having to seem natural in this scene, I’m playing a character who has really intense dynamics with every person in this room. I finally let go of my insecurity of seeming natural and present and connected with what I was actually feeling.” [...] “I deeply connected the feelings of staying at a certain place in your life because of your fear, your inability to be open and really step into who you are in your life and instead remaining in a situation that is really closing you off from that. To explore this girl’s deep sadness and her very quiet inner turmoil of trying to step out of that and trying to move forward and sort of let go of everything that’s allowed her to not be brave enough to do that? It really intrigued me." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über ihre Figur Jenny; Quelle:
  • "It’s all thanks to Catherine Keener. Ever since has been a dear, dear friend of mine. I was in Catherine’s car and we were driving up to a friend’s house north of L.A. and she said ‘oh my friend Lynn wants to talk to you about a movie.” [sie riefen daraufhin Lynn Shelton an und die Dinge nahmen ihren Lauf] "I saw Your Sister’s Sister and that was that. I wanted to experience working with this filmmaker and being part of her body of work. I was such a fan." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über die Person, die sie auf das Projekt aufmerksam machte; Quelle:
  • "It’s so true and authentic and profound, despite it being so intimate. This summer has been an incredible example of people’s desire for films that really, really move them. Look at what people are talking about! The Spectacular Now? Oh my god, I loved that film so much. And the performances? Or a movie like Fruitvale? Such powerful, incredible movies that were made for very little and have totally found their audience and more. I feel totally inspired by that." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über den Film; Quelle:
  • "It’s about how scary it is to be vulnerable. And how there’s actually much more courage in being vulnerable than the stereotype of what bravery is. The story might be small and contained, but it has a profound truth. That quiet struggle that Jenny’s going through, I can’t imagine who doesn’t relate to having a moment like that in her life. We’re all human beings struggling with the same emotional dilemmas: loneliness, isolation. I think isolation is an unspoken tragedy of what it means to be alive in modern society right now. Our yearning to connect, and the loss of that." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über die Essenz des Films; Quelle:
  • "I’m by no means a method actor. But it’s impossible to not let those feelings get into your veins." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über die Verkörperung einer einsamen Figur; Quelle:
  • "The most nerve-wracking thing was, at first I was trying to feel so real and present in the scenes that I forgot I was playing a character. I was being Ellen, and feeling it not working. Then we would get to some moments, and I would get transported to the immediate raw emotions at the centre of it." [...] "But that’s the gift of the job I get to do. You get to move through so much of your own shit. You can go in to play a character and feel so different from her on a surface level. Next thing you know, it’s moving something inside of you that you didn’t know was there. What a gift that my job is about getting to feel." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über die Herausforderungen bei diesem Film; Quelle:




Festival / Event / Ort / Bemerkung



19.-24. Januar 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013, Park City, UT


31. Januar 2013

Spezialvorführung / Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL


26.-28. April 2013

Sundance London


23.-25. Mai 2013

Seattle International Film Festival


30. Juni 2013

Filmfest München


1. August 2013

Video-on-Demand Release



6. September 2013




23. Oktober 2013

American Film Festival


6. November 2013

Stockholm International Film Festival


6. November 2013

DVD Release



10. Dezember 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



19. Februar 2014

DVD Release



März 2014



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