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Human Touch (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 April 2005 (Australia)
The wealthy Edward (Haywood) sparks to Anna (Mckenzie), the lead voice in a choir that's raising money for an upcoming trip to China. He donates money to her choir, and she agrees to sit ... See full summary »

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Paul Cox

Writer:

Paul Cox
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Anna / David's partner
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey ... David / Anna's partner
Chris Haywood ... Edward / Desiree's husband
Rebecca Frith ... Desiree / Edward's wife
Aden Young ... George
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Ouspensky
Simon McBurney ... Bernard
Kirstie Hutton Kirstie Hutton ... Lucy
Norman Kaye ... Charles
Julia Blake ... Anna's Mother
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Psychiatrist
Phyllis Burford Phyllis Burford ... Edward's Mother
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Anna's Step-father (as Charles Tingwell)
Delia Silvan ... Ophelia
Edwin Hodgeman ... Mr. Thompson
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Storyline

The wealthy Edward (Haywood) sparks to Anna (Mckenzie), the lead voice in a choir that's raising money for an upcoming trip to China. He donates money to her choir, and she agrees to sit for him for a series of still-life drawings. As Anna is drawn more into Edward's life, their relationship -- quite platonic -- nevertheless causes problems at home for Anna, who lives with David (Blabey), a frustrated artist. Written by Anonymous

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The twenty-first feature film by auteur Paul Cox

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Art Films | Go Patterson Films | See more »

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Touch See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Mark Patterson has said that this picture was "the second film I produced for Paul Cox which was financed off the back of the success of 'Innocence' [2000]. Half filmed in the deep south of France and in Adelaide, South Australia, this was by Cox standards a big film filled with all his favorite collaborators. Jacqueline McKenzie is fantastic as Anna and Norman Kaye plays his last role. 'Human Touch' didn't match the success of 'Innocence' but I think over time it will be seen to be a quirky and humorous film with lots of heart. It had a good festival run including the 'Cinema Masters' section of the Toronto International Film Festival [in] 2004." See more »

Soundtracks

Vivamus Mea Lesbia
Words by Catullus and music by Paul Grabowsky
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A cryptic model for human instinct
24 January 2005 | by nakedhandfilmsSee all my reviews

This film was the Aussie highlight of Melbourne film festival -- by far. Not hard competition I must say -- Sommersault and Tom White were dreary numbers.

Although the dialogue is heavy handed and the performances under directed -- something interesting comes from the poetics of the imagery. Stalictites, Bad modern art, pervy old men, misogyny, exhibitionism, animal instinct -- all of these things combine tastefully to evoke an erotic and heady world -- a bit like a glass of peppery red wine.

What it did achieve in its exploration of themes -- was not as brilliantly explored as Ken Russel's "Women in Love" but certainly the ideas of the male vs. female instinct was intriguing and mesmerising.

What I miss is the detail of performance -- Jacqui and Rebecca (both fine actresses) look lost in front of the lens. Aron Blabey is a bit TV here and Chris Haywood is interesting -- but far from the complex creation he could have been.


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