Directed by: Jason Banker
Written by: Jason Banker, Amy Everson
Starring: Amy Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, Brendan Miller
Felt is an emotional, riveting journey about overcoming a tragedy and allowing love to heal an already blackened heart. We first meet Amy when she is only a shadow of her former self, a broken and frail young artist who draws herself away from everyone around her. The pain is very evident and clear on Amy’s face, yet her friends have no clue how to even begin to help heal her. The scars from Amy’s past present themselves in very unusual and artist ways that leave a very profound mark on the viewer. Amy soon creates an alter-ego to help process her tragic past.
Letting some one in for Amy seemed near impossible, her painful past narrowed her future and left her afraid to trust ever again. Amy needed time to rebuild, to process and overcome and the right person needed to be there to help hold her up. Amy meets Kenny, a genuinely nice guy, that is drawn to Amy despite her different, weird sort of personality. Kenny befriends Amy, and the relationship between them is rather fascinating to watch grow. The couple’s friendship becomes entangled with love and Amy finally feels her old-self coming through again. Amy’s friends love seeing her happy except for one who sees Kenny as some one who can’t be trusted.
As Amy discovers Kenny may not be everything he is cracked up to be, her heart breaks and her alter-ego breaks through, taking her over and leaving everything she just worked toward behind. The rest of the film is quite sinister and still an enticing watch. The ending while both gruesome and heart-wrenching was also artistic and symbolic in it’s own way.
The story of Amy, is based off of real-life experiences of Amy Everson, whom plays Amy in the film. Therefor, Amy is able to display the emotions in a realistic, authentic kind of way while pouring herself and past feelings into her character. Felt is an alluring, beautiful film revolving around a very dark, disturbing subject and is told in a hypnotic way by drawing you in and by the time the film’s over, it’s spit you out and your left with your head spinning.
I felt like after Felt had finished, I was left with a movie sort of hangover. I needed ample time to process and sort things out. Usually, after I watch a film, I am able to write a review immediately, instead of having to reflect and recollect myself. Felt stuck with me for days, randomly popping in my head throughout various times of the day, almost like it had wedged itself to the back of my mind. It’s been quite a long time since I had a movie leave such an after-effect on me.
The depth Felt has to it is astronomical and I know it will be hard for others to agree. Due to the slow-movement throughout the film, one may become bored if they are impatient. I think if some one can relate to Amy’s story, whether it’s just a small relation, I believe they will be satisfied with the film and the way certain aspects are presented.
Overall, I’d give the film a 4/5 even though originally I had contemplated using a lower rating– but after a few days to get my thoughts together, I realized Felt deserved something much higher. I think everyone may perceive this film differently and all I have to say is please just watch it for yourself.
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