Touched with Fire
- 1 hr 42 min
Touched with Fire is an American romantic drama film starring Luke Kirby, Katie Holmes, Griffin Dunne and Bruce Altman. The film was directed by auteur, independent filmmaker, Paul Dalio and was a largely autobiographical project, drawing upon the director's own manic depression to fuel the reality of the characters. The plot of the film takes place in a mental hospital and revolves around two passionate and skillful poets, Marco (Luke Kirby) and Carla (Katie Holmes), who are there imprisoned, both suffering and benefiting, to various degrees from bi polar disorder. When they first meet they crash together in a fierce battles of wills only to quickly put their differences aside when they both realize their profound admiration for the collected works of Vincent Van Gogh (who also suffered from manic depression). After some time together the duo begin to think of each other as soulmates, kindred spirits on a solitary path to artistic enlightenment. However, their respective parents see their bond as a harmful descent into further delusion, where their combined mania will lead only to destruction. Thus the two are separated and must deal with the anxiety and acute depression that comes with being broken apart. Yet even when they find ways to be together again they begin to discover that their union is not as perfect as they had previously believed as Marco believes that his mania is a profound gift to his art whilst Carla wishes for a normal life and begins taking mood altering medicine to acclimate better to society for a dire conflict between the lovers that could ruin their world for good.