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Felt (2014/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

It isn't outright said that our main character was raped, there are subtle hints along the way that point to that. Felt, directed by Jason Banker, utilizes handheld camera work and sharp edits that help contribute to the uneasiness of the film and the sharp performance by Amy Everson.

Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making.

When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him - but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn't just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.

At the end of the day, the film feels more experimental than narrative and drives it point across in bizarre and unusual ways that are hit or miss. If you are a fan of surrealist dramas, then it may be worth checking out.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks fine on DVD but could benefit from an upgrade. No extras.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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