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'Felt' Is a Creepy Study of Female Victimhood and One of the Year's Most Disturbing Films

'Felt' Is a Creepy Study of Female Victimhood and One of the Year's Most Disturbing Films

Newcomer Amy Everson conveys a woman emotionally maimed and tortured in director Jason Banker's arty, claustrophobic, sort-of rape revenge thriller "Felt" (now on VOD from Amplify Releasing). We never know the source of her sexual trauma because "Felt" dwells only in the messy gulf of "after," which is a provocative stance for an American indie film to take in a time when questions of abuse and sexual barriers are so embedded in our discourse. Amy (played by Everson) putters through her days in a stew of despair, and suffers recurring nightmares that replay whatever it is that happened to her. A San Francisco artist, Amy wears a chicken suit and stands outside a fast food restaurant waving her arms around to pay the bills. She has a support system of friends that is foundering. In public, her speech melts into a puddle of sexual baby talk and scatological streams-of-consciousness.

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