Felt is an independent romance-horror-drama from filmmaker Jason Banker. In it, Amy (Amy Everson), an artist who has experienced an unknown sexual assault trauma, hides her identity in her artistic creations. She is distant and reluctant to connect with people.
I will be brief with this review only because I have not let it sink in to the point where I can elaborate on many of my reactions with adequate conviction. What I can say is that Everson pulls out a fantastic, haunting, and nuanced performance in this pseudo-romance, pseudo-rape revenge flick. Her character is at times charming and at others scary, but she is always grounded in a three-dimensional reality that makes the proceedings of the plot all the more frightening.
What I found most surprising was that Everson, an artist like Felt‘s protagonist, is not first and foremost an actress. She could have fooled me with the emotional depth of her character. I believe (but may be mistaken) that she created the character’s unique and somewhat grotesque costumes as well. This is just another tally in Everson’s win column for me, as these costumes (and Amy’s other art pieces) make up for much of the film’s haunting aura.
Felt isn’t perfect. There are certain images that stand out as mesmerizing, such as the shot of Amy freeing a trapped insect from a spider’s web, but overall the imagery is repetitive. Amy’s constant need to literally mask herself becomes redundant, and actually works against the film by opaquely alluding to the film’s climax.
Taken as a whole, though, I enjoyed the film. It is perhaps not for the squeamish, but it is worth it for Everson’s performance alone.
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–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)