Touched With Fire


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Katie Holmes as Carla
Griffin Dunne as George
Luke Kirby as Marco
769.41 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Allaer 6 / 10

Well-intended but falls short of compelling viewing

"Touched With Fire" (original title: "Mania Days"; 2016 release; 110 min.) brings the story of Carla (played by Katie Holmes) and Marco (played by Luke Kirby). As the movie opens, we are reminded it is "Fall", and we see Carla giving a poetry reading (from her book "Faded") at a book store. Meanwhile, we see Marco arguing with his dad about the sloppy/sorry state of Marco's apartment, having decided to go not just off the grid, but "off society" altogether. It isn't long before both Carla and Marco end up in a psych ward. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie is written, directed, scored and co-edited by Paul Dalio, for me previously unknown. Dalio takes the real-life book "Touched With Fire" by Kay Jamison, which explores the ties (if any) between artistic genius and bipolar disorder, and weaves it into a fictional tale of two artistic-leaning people who like ships in the night find each other by happenstance, and strike a special bond (or do they?). The central question throughout the movie: is being bipolar a gift or an illness? Along the way, we see the two main performers (Holmes and Kirby, the latter reminding me physically of Mark Ruffalo) give it all they can with the material at hand. Unfortunately, while the movie is well-intended, it falls short of compelling viewing. We should be emotionally invested, but for whatever reason I wasn't for most of this. Only towards the very end did I get a sense of what-might-have-been. One of the better side aspects of the movie is the mostly minimalist score, composed by the director himself. At the very end of the movie, Dalio leaves us with this dedication: "For my wife, who shed light on this cold and dark stone", wow.

This movie was filmed in Spring 2013, and just now reaches gets a theatrical release. It's frankly a miracle it made it to the big screen at all. The movie opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The early evening screening where I saw this at was not attended very well, and I would be surprised if this sticks around for more than a week. If you have a particular interest in either the movie's subject matter or the main performers, I'd say this is worth checking out, warts and all, be it on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion regarding "Touched With Fire".

Reviewed by Howard Schumann 5 / 10

Confusing, poorly written, and pretentious

First-time director Paul Dalio's Touched with Fire, originally titled Mania Days, is an honest attempt to provide insight into the illness commonly known as bipolar disorder. The film depicts how two young poets are compelled to battle parents, doctors, and the cultural consensus to maintain their relationship which is considered dangerous by the community because of their illness. The film stars Katie Holmes ("Woman in Gold") as Carla, a published poet and Luke Kirby ("Empire of Dirt") as Marco, also a poet whose rap-oriented artistry is often shared at poetry slams. After she meets with an unresponsive audience at one of her poetry readings, a frustrated and depressed Carla implores her mother Sara (Christine Lahti, "The Steps") to tell her about the origin of her disease.

Told by her mother only to take her medications and talk to her doctor, Carla signs herself into a psychiatric hospital in an attempt to read her medical records. It is there she meets Marco who is committed after displaying signs of delusions, claiming to be from another planet and predicting the apocalypse is about to happen. The incident occurs after his father, George (Griffin Dunne, "Dallas Buyer's Club") visits his apartment where he sees books strewn all over the floor, the heat turned off because bills were not paid, and Marco refusing to take his meds, convinced that they would stifle his creativity.

The two poets meet at a group therapy session and, after some predictable initial antagonism, they develop a relationship, meeting together regularly in the middle of the night. Their budding relationship, however, only seems to increase the frequency of their manic episodes and causes their families consternation. Over the protests of their parents, Marco and Carla continue their relationship when they are released from the hospital, but things get more complicated when Carla becomes pregnant and Marco still refuses to take his meds. In a cameo that feels somewhat out of place, Marco and Carla visit clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, the author of the book "Touched with Fire" who strongly suggests the advisability of their taking their prescribed medications, reassuring them that it will not affect their creative impulses.

The main thrust of the film, however, seems to offer a contradictory message. It shows the two lovers acting with exuberance as they jump into public water fountains, break into empty apartments, read each others poetry, and try to escape the police by driving their car into the water and swimming to the shore. To add to the film's mixed message, a list of famous people who ostensibly suffered from bipolar disorder is shown during the credits. The evidence that these celebrities were bipolar is left to the imagination, since none is offered and most of those listed lived before the idea of mental illness was even on the radar.

While Touched with Fire has its heart in the right place, its sincerity does not translate into a satisfying film. Kirby and Holmes have little chemistry together and much of the dialogue, when it does not consist of psychotic rants, feels awkward and barely registers on the believable scale. While the film strives for authenticity and is reflective of the director's own personal experience, it is also confusing, poorly written, and pretentious, glaring defects that, for me, stood in the way of any real emotional impact.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 6 / 10

A thin line between creative and crazy

Touched With Fire is a story based on the real life story of the director,Paul Dalio, ironically I think this is the reason why the movie seems to wrap up so neatly.

From the point of view of the film, manic-depressive is something certain people have that make them express emotion on a deeper level. It does not come off as dangerous at all in the film considering the film is about two poets who suffer form it

The movie is not convincing at ail that it's dangerous to be guided by your emotions, on one level it seems like that's exactly what the filmmaker wants you to take away, but certain points in the film make me uncertain.

One point that does come across really well is the idea that two people who seem so right for each other, are in fact the exact opposite.

It's a great strangely done romantic comedy about two people who are fighting the world alone, until they found each other. It was very passionate.

Katie Holmes was good in the movie too.

But it still bothers me that the movie does a lackluster job in having a firm foot on the illness these two carry. Weather positive or negative, I did not get the point.

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