The film, helmed by USC graduate film school alum Minh Duc Nguyen, tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman Tam (Lynn Porter) working in a nail salon and her relationship with her father (Long Nguyen, of Journey from the Fall fame), her boyfriend Ky (Tony LaThanh), and a customer Brendan (Peter Ruby) whose soul connected with hers. The film explores the main character’s loneliness, her losses and her search for love and human connection. Singer My Lan plays the nail salon’s owner.
As a sneak preview, the film won the Audience Choice Award at ViFF 2011, and received rave reviews from the press critics at all the festivals it went to. The Mercury News has a front-page restrospective on Viets making films, on the occasion of Touch‘s San Jose sell-out.
Touch is now playing in San Jose, at AMC Eastridge 15 (2190 Eastridge Loop, San Jose). Showtimes: 1:25 PM, 4:05 PM, 6:45 PM, 9:45 PM
In Orange County, Touch will be shown at AMC The Block 30 (20 City Blvd West, Orange) starting this Friday, March 16.
UPDATE: Showtimes: 10:35 AM, 1:20 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:05 PM, 10:15 PM.
Read the film’s synosis after the jump.
At V.I.P. Nails, a Vietnamese manicurist named Tam has a new customer: Brendan, a shy mechanic who literally has a problem on his hands. He can never get rid of the oil stains around his nails, and when he tries to be intimate with his aloof wife, she always rejects him with the same excuse: “Your hands are filthy!” Desperately seeking to save his marriage, Brendan goes to the nail salon every day, where Tam does more than scrub his hands clean. She also offers him advice on how to get his wife to love him again. But soon, Tam and Brendan find themselves drawn to each other, an attraction which becomes harder and harder to resist.
This sensual film explores the sense of touch and its emotional impact — how with just a simple touch, we can reveal our deepest longings, give the utmost pleasure to others and even heal a wounded soul.