too noticed a somewhat anti male subtext from Linda Carvalho's previous short film EVER AFTER and while it was somewhat flawed it was at least somewhat entertaining in my opinion . I'm afraid I can't really say the same about TOUCHED which deals with the very serious subject of domestic abuse
Young lawyer Menna is assaulted by her partner Thomas and the story is told is through flashback and voiced over conversation that Menna is having with her counsellor . My fellow reviewer Bob has mentioned that much of this short fails because of Sara Hunter's performance but the impression I got was that the actress is miscast , I couldn't take her seriously as a lawyer because she comes as a girl about town . I could certainly believe that she was a professional career woman , just not a lawyer . I do feel that it's Carvalho's script that's the problem , especially the narrative . For example Menna gets a phone call saying she's got to be in court in 30 minutes , she looks into the mirror and sees her bruised and battered face looking back . I was compelled to know what happened when she turned up in court looking like this but this is never followed up in anyway , and watching a woman being constantly slapped is in no way entertaining for myself or most men so as a story or as entertainment TOUCHED has failed
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