Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Cast: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Sometimes, there are no words to express the shock and impact a film has upon the viewer. For each of us who consider ourselves film fans, there come moments when we’re left with our jowls agape, our eyes wide and a feeling deep inside the belly that can’t be affixed any proper moniker. It happens. And it’s the special, special picture that makes it happen. The once, or twice – three times if you’re lucky – in a life picture that changes the way you see something you’ve come to know as a small piece of your existence, your reality.
It’s the truly atypical experience of normalcy being turned on its head. And it’s alive in David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s new documentary, Tickled.
The title leaves you with a lot of options, while the picture leaves you with a lot of chills, questions and anger (the film, through no fault of the filmmakers, simply cannot end at the foot of justice, or vengeance, as that’s simply not how the story has – thus far – turned out). It’s about abuse, and exploitation. It’s about obsession and insanity. It’s about the lengths that some individuals will travel to torment others, all a bid to bask in their power, masking their own uncertainties and insecurities with aggression and through abrasive behavior, I truly do believe.
I don’t want to disclose any details about the actual storyline, and the narrative that incidentally falls into place. It’s a narrative that starts on a light note before plummeting to disconcerting depths of nothing but darkness. Power, greed, desire and riches, all enveloped in darkness. And all with a wraparound crux that will force laughter and complete incredulity from viewers. For as terrifying as this film really is, when you examine every single provided piece of the puzzle, at the end, when it’s said and done, it all begins with tickling (okay, there’s my lone spoiler). If you can’t see a hint of humor (the irony will bowl you over like a speeding semi) in that, well, I don’t know what in the world to tell you. Maybe, relax, and try to see the lightest side of even the darkest films.
Tickled is a mesmerizing story so infectious and engrossing it becomes a challenge to blink. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve set out to find a story, and what they find will absolutely blow your mind. It’s also going to have you reconsidering your mid-year pick for best film.