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Human Touch (2004)

  Directed by: Paul Cox
Written by: Paul Cox
Starring: Aaron Blabey, Chris Haywood, Jacqueline McKenzie
Links: Human Touch on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2005 (nominee)

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Any more metaphors and my head will explode" - a review by pearly

I quite enjoyed the first couple of films that I saw that had been directed by Paul Cox. Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999) and Innocence (2000) both appealed to me, but then I saw The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001). I found it to be virtually inaccessible. Unfortunately, Human Touch is a lot closer in style to The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky than it is the other two.

Human Touch is definitely easier to watch than Diaries though. It is structured more like a traditional film, with a storyline and characters thar develop. But watching this film is still like having dinner with someone who continues to quote from literature which you have not read - in its aim to come across as so incredibly intelligent and thought-provoking, it loses most of its audience.

In the film, Anna (Jacqueline McKenzie), who is in a serious relationship with David (Aaron Blabey), develops issues surrounding intimacy and sex, and she begins a relationship with Edward (Chris Haywood), a rich older man who has much to teach her about these very issues. Anna is a choir singer, and Edward surrounds himself with artists, and is himself a keen photographer, and these creative elements provide a backdrop for the senses to the film.

The title of the film gives away the main theme running through it (not altogether subtly, it must be said). The dialogue is meant to be poetic and well crafted, but it is pretty far from natural in many parts. Even the actors failed to do anything particularly spectacular, leaving me really non-plussed by the whole thing.

I'm not familiar with any of Cox's work other than the most recent of his films, but I'm led to believe that much of his work is along similar lines to this. Though I did enjoy a couple of his films, I don't think I'm quite in his target demographic, and I might leave his future releases to those three people that are.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 12 May 2005

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