This film is only about 15 minutes long but in that short time frame it certainly packs an emotional punch. Actually, make that a wallop. I did cry, in fact I ugly-cried, but it’s really worth the resulting puffy red face and soggy tissues.
Touch is set in a snowy Canadian town, where Paul working in an appliances store is menaced by a thug he owes money to.
Across town Connie, a desperate single mother with two small children, is hiding from the landlord on rent day – then gets the chance of an overnight cleaning shift that could lead to a full time role. She just needs a babysitter for her two kids, and everyone’s saying no. Until the man from the store comes round. But who is he? And what are his intentions?
Connie is really movingly played by Krystin Pellerin, who movingly portrays a woman holding it all together for her children and desperate for a break. Darryl Hopkins is Paul, taciturn and maybe troubled but playing his cards close to his chest.
And there’s with an astonishing performance from Jorja King, the actress playing her young daughter Emilie, in her first film role. Despite the vastly different film setting, length and budget she really reminded me of Newt in “Aliens” with that mix of hard-learnt resourcefulness and silent watchfulness. Check out the trailer for Touch below.
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