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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #69. Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

Director/Writer: Lynn Shelton
Producer: Steven Schardt
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Ellen Page, Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston, Josh Pais

If the perfectly titled Touchy Feely hits its mark with the same accuracy as Your Sister’s Sister did in terms of likeable, flawed, multidimensional, complex set of characters, perfectly structured three-act with climatic denouement and naturalistic yummy dialogue, then I’ll regret having placed Lynn Shelton’s name further down the most anticipated list. After imperfect, humble beginnings, Seattle’s Best might be ready to cross over into television/broader comedy projects.

Gist: A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.

Release Date: U.S Dramatic Competition – Sundance Film Festival. A theatrical rights deal should be put into place hours after its premiere.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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