Touched With Fire Blu-ray Review
“Touched With Fire” is an admirable, but flawed film.
“Touched With Fire” is the story of two bipolar poets (Carla and Marco) who meet in the hospital while undergoing treatment. At first, the two sort of clash, but eventually they develop a bond and begin to fall for one another. They also seem to be on the same level from a creative standpoint. This relationship isn’t exactly healthy for them, however, as they make each other manic. In order to help them, they are essentially torn apart from one another, but eventually they find each other again (much to the concern of the Doctor and their respective families). Can Carla and Marco ever really be together or will their relationship implode?
As you might gather from the plot synopsis, “Touched With Fire” is an arty and challenging indie film about creativity, bipolar disorder, and the possible correlation between art and mental illness. Director Paul Dalio certainly manages to raise some interesting questions about these important subjects (especially since they are rarely explored on screen), but it feels like he could have gone deeper at times. He tries to make the film personal on every level, but he tends to drive home the same ideas on more than one occasion. On top of that, the messages in the film come off a bit mixed when it’s all said and done with. Maybe that’s the point though? Maybe there are no easy answers?
In terms of the acting here, stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby are both phenomenal as Carla and Marco. You can tell they are bringing their A game as they fully commit to the roles. They also play off each other extraordinarily well.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This disc contains a sharp hi-def transfer. I have no complaints.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A bit on the soft side, but it’s fine.
Extras: Digital copy, Lionsgate trailers, a “Touched With Fire” trailer, photo gallery, a deleted scene, commentary by Paul Dalio and Kristina Nikolova, revealing 4 ½ minute interviews with Paul Dalio and Dr. Kay Jamison, and a 9 ½ minute making of featurette.
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