29min | Drama, Short | January 2002 (USA)
A boy, abducted and abused for eight years returns home to find that the experience remains an indelible part of him.
“Touch” is an extremely intense film. The director – or someone central to the making of this film – understand what it’s like to be abused over a long period of time and how the effects of that experience persist even after the abuse has ended. It’s all voice-over by a boy who goes to sleep in his own bed at the age of eight and wakes up in a bare, dark room. He lives in that room and others like it for eight years, visited from time to time by a man who beats him. (I think it’s also implied that the man sexually abuses him.) When he’s finally free, the film follows him, showing how (probably permanently) mangled he was by the experience. Very hard to watch. Extraordinarily well done.
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jeremy Podeswa, Patrick Roscoe (story “My Lover’s Touch”)
Stars: Brendan Fletcher, Randy Hughson, Linda Griffiths
Release Date: January 2002 (USA)
Also Known As: Aggigma