Touched With Fire

Synopsis: Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Paul Dalio
  2 wins.
106 min


"One day the sun cast onto the world"

to show its image in different light.

All the lines were in place

but in between no shape or shades,

just shadows of the past

cast against an aging brain,

fading with the sunset's dying rays...

Wiping away all trace of yesterday.

Does anyone have any questions

for the author?

Hey, Dad.

Oh, hey.

Can you turn down the music?


The music, can you turn it down?

Oh, yeah.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.


So, your super told me

that they shut your power off.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Why didn't you pay the bill?

Oh, because I'm through with that.

I don't need to do that anymore.

I'm going off the map.

What does that mean?

It means that I am through

with the whole system.

What whole system?

The whole manmade system.

I quit my job.

I'm not paying bills.

You quit your job?

Yeah. Yeah, I escaped it.

How... How are you gonna eat?

No-no, I don't need to pay

for food anymore.

I realized that.

I can get free milk at Starbucks.

- I can get free ketchup at McDonald's.

- Ketchup?

Yeah, the body can survive

on ketchup alone just for a long time.

At least until the apocalypse.

Hey Marco,

I'm going to stop by tomorrow,

and I'm gonna bring you some food.

No-no, I don't need food.

I'm fine with ketchup.

- Just be at your apartment...

- Don't do that.

Listen to me!

Listen to me!

- Be at your apartment at 6:00.

- I won't be there.

I'll be there.

I'll see you then. Bye.

- They call me Luna.

- Luna!

Because my mind moves

in tune with the lunar shifts.

They call me a lunatic...

because my biological clock's

a time bomb

that ticks down to the minute

the full moon's lit.

And I just got out of the loony bin,

and I haven't been taking

my medication,

so I'm about as unstable

as if nitro raped glycerin.

More insane than Batman's Riddler

if Jim Carrey had played him

without taking his Ritalin.

I'll leave you riddles

sicker than a crossword puzzle

written by Jack The Ripper.

Full of clues as

to how I'm gonna kill you

which I will do

right before you figure it out

so I can stick it on the ground

next to your dead body

and let the detectives

finish filling it out!

"The fire went out..."

black, not even the smoke

to sniff up the memory

of last night's wild sight

and resurrect its magic back,

sun-burnt on the tip of a matchstick

with one flick of God's finger,

as all eternal blows out...

Lost in shadows...

Surround my lips like vicious flint

with thrilled flicks licked with silk...

It's going up in flames...

As my spirit spreads!

Get away my brains like stretching...

Chain... Can't have wings...

Wildfires rising high in my eyes...

So wild...

Fire irises.

I'm a flame.

I'm a flame!

- Hey.

- Hi.

- You okay?

- Yeah.

- Can I come in?

- Yeah. Yeah, come in.

You know it's

almost 1:
00 in the morning?

Shouldn't you be sleeping?

- I'm sorry.

- That's okay.

What's wrong?

I just wanted to talk.

Oh. Well, sure.

Can we look at some photo albums?


W-Why do you want to do that?

Just to talk about the past.

I just don't know

where they are, honey.

- They're lost in a huge pile...

- I know where they are.

- I don't think...

- I'll find them.

Remember that?

That was right before I got sick.


What was I like?

Baby, you don't remember?


You were the same.

Mom, I need you to be honest with me.

You're the only one

who knew me back then,

- and I need you...

- No. That's not true.

There's a lot of people

in your life who knew you then.

What was I doing...

when it happened?

What do you mean?

I mean, the doctors said

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Paul Dalio

Paul Dalio (born December 8, 1979) is an American screenwriter, director and composer. His first film, Touched with Fire, inspired by his struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, premiered at SXSW and was released theatrically in February 2016. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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