What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels? Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her brother, Paul, an emotional zombie, owns a flagging dental practice, where he enlists the assistance of his equally emotionally stunted daughter, Jenny. Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which seriously hinders her chosen profession and the passionate love life she once shared with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice. As Abby navigates through an identity crisis, her brother discovers a whole new side of himself.
- The production employed over 50 Washington-based cast and crewmembers during the six-week filming
- Instead of one key location, there were 15, which required a 20-day shooting schedule, as opposed to 10-12 for Lynn Shelton’s previous films
- Lynn Shelton wrote the script in two months in preparation for a spring 2012 shoot
- “I already had been talking to Rose [DeWitt] for months about being in this movie. I sort of built the characters for her and Josh [Pais]. If they hadn’t been available, I wouldn’t have shot the movie.” (Director Lynn Shelton on the two leading actors; Source: insidemovies.ew.com)
- “The two main characters are brother and sister who are going in different trajectories [...] Abby is somebody who’s really confident she’s good at what she does. Her identity is really tied to being a healer, somebody who really connects to other people physically. When that’s taken away from her, she’s completely undone. She doesn’t have anything to anchor her. [...] There’s a lot of internal struggle. Abby ends up really isolating herself. She’s trying to figure stuff out, and she ends up navigating through it by herself. [...] Quite the opposite of his sister, Paul is introverted. He hasn’t been able to connect to anybody, and he’s just kind of put his head down and decided, ‘Okay, I’m going to get through life.’ He’s very uptight. [...] People start telling him he’s a healer and start seeking him out. At first he doesn’t believe it, but then he started to really soak it in, and it ends up triggering a transformation in him. In this moment, he reaches out to Abby’s mentor, a Reiki practitioner named Bronwyn (Allison Janney, right). She ends up teaching him about her work. It’s a whole new world opening for him. This is kind of the peak of his journey of self-discovery. [...] Ellen Page plays a young woman who is in every aspect of her life, stuck. She encounters Abby’s boyfriend Jesse (Scoot McNairy), and, in the moment shown above, it becomes clear that they’re both sad in their own different ways. They have kind of a parallel emotional experience. Jesse is one of my favorite characters because he’s the one who’s struggling the least. You meet him at the beginning of the film and you don’t give him a ton of credit. He seems almost shallow — he’s not a serious character. But you realize he’s really grounded and just takes life as it comes and says what he feels and is very straightforward. He’s actually the most centered and doesn’t take himself too seriously — to his benefit. He ends up being a real stand-up guy.” (Director Lynn Shelton on the actors and their corresponding characters; Source: insidemovies.ew.com)
- “It always kind of comes back to the same thing for me, which is the sense of ‘Who am I?’ I'm drawn to questions about your relationship to other people and how you sort of shift your sense of identity within your relationships with specific other people — but also in relationship with yourself.” (Director Lynn Shelton on the movie; Source: insidemovies.ew.com)
- "It's really about healers and what happens when people are in need of healing. It's very subtle. With "Your Sister's Sister" and "Humpday," it was all based on this wild, wacky premise that people all found our way through. This is way more subtle about the ways in which we heal and where we find healing. Alison Janney is just so good in it. I saw it. You know, you've seen her play some really strong women like on "The West Wing," and she's just Earth Mother in this." (actress Rosemarie DeWitt on what to expect from the movie; Source: indiewire.com)