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Touched with FireWhile staying at a psychiatric hospital, two poets with bipolar disorder (Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby) begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition, driving each other's mania to new heights.
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Directors of "Touched with Fire"Paul Dalio
Creators of "Touched with Fire"Paul Dalio
Critic Reviews of "Touched with Fire"Rolling StoneFebruary 25, 2016
Written, directed, edited, scored, and partially lived by bipolar filmmaker Paul Dalio, this intense romantic drama solely exists to prove that his so-called "disorder" isn't a dehumanizing defect.Globe and MailFebruary 19, 2016
Dalio's script doesn't always flow as smoothly as the camera work, but an air of calm authenticity should leave audiences touched, in a good way.Detroit NewsFebruary 19, 2016
"Touched With Fire" is effective in showing the intensity of a new relationship and the barriers people build up around themselves when they take on an us-against-the-world mentality.San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 18, 2016
"Touched With Fire" raises multiple topics of discussion, then avoids eye contact when it's time for the actual conversation.Seattle TimesFebruary 18, 2016
Dalio, who based the film (his directing debut) on his own struggles with bipolar disorder, establishes a gentle, honest tone that never wavers - and demonstrates a knack for vivid imagery that makes him a filmmaker to watch.Laramie Movie ScopeJanuary 16, 2017
While the creative juices unleashed by bipolar disorder are somewhat romanticized in this film, the very real drawbacks and dangers of this mental condition are also explored.Washington City PaperJanuary 02, 2017
Dalio, despite good intentions, does not offer the sort of lyrical artistry referred to here.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsDecember 19, 2016
An intense romantic drama.Movie HabitDecember 12, 2016
Honest and affecting.Spirituality and PracticeNovember 22, 2016
A rich drama about the interface between creative expression and mental illness.FlavorwireMay 03, 2016
Writer/director Dalio is the real deal - he's got a great eye and ear, and a way with visceral moments of abstract sound and imagery that place the viewer in his characters' headspace.
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