Sara Vilkomerson
August 09, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Touchy Feely

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/06/13
performer
Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Ellen Page
director
Lynn Shelton
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

What’s with the title of writer-director Lynn Shelton’s new dramedy? Think literal. The Sundance Film Festival darling follows a pair of siblings who experience sudden, dramatic shifts in their senses of touch. While Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a massage therapist, develops an intense aversion to bodily contact, her emotionally stunted brother, Paul (Ray Donovan‘s Josh Pais), emerges with a seemingly healing power of touch that boosts his dental practice. ”It’s about identity, that eternal question of who am I and how do I fit in the world,” says Shelton. ”It’s about becoming comfortable about living in one’s own skin.” And, we suppose, who’s touching it.

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