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Soft (2006)

 -  Short | Drama  -  20 April 2007 (UK)
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A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time.

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David Harrison ...
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Jess Buxton ...
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Zara Hearnshaw ...
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Kiddus Salassie ...
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Mark Devenport ...
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Christine McSween ...
Passing Woman (as Christine MacSween)
Phil Molloy ...
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A man gets home from work, shouts some complaints at Scott, his teen son who's upstairs, and heads to a mini-mart for a pint of milk. There he's accosted, harassed, and jeered by six youths in hooded sweatshirts, and he's punched by their leader, a budding sociopath in white. Dad walks home. The gang trails about a block behind. At home, Scott confesses he was in a fight today but didn't hit back. His father tells him that he must defend himself, then does nothing when the gang arrives in front of their home and starts hollering and throwing things. Finally dad goes outside. Is that going to be it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Vivid and truthful
23 July 2007 | by (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – See all my reviews

Previewing a number of short films for Sarajevo Film Festival I was amazed by this one. This mini social drama made me interested in other Ellis' works so I've spent some time exploring his home page. Beautiful photos, funny stories, plenty awards, bright young man...

In this brilliant 14-minute film Ellis shows father who's having a problem with raising his son the way he learns to fight for himself, father who is not able to confront, to stand up even for himself. Being attacked and humiliated by the same street gang, they are both scared. For a boy, it is natural to get terrified by older and violent kids, but father seems even more frightened. Since his father is too weak (soft), the boy takes the role/responsibility of an adult. So vivid and truthful, so excellent story, great actors and superb editing - I could barely name any weak point.

Cannot wait Ellis' first feature film!


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