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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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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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Not a brilliant short but has a great character dynamic at the core that made it engaging
12 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Scott comes home and goes straight to his room, having been attacked by a group of yobs after school. Unaware of this his father pops out for a pint of milk and gets hassled by the same group, who then follow him home as he tries to avoid trouble. The father is halfway through telling his son to try and stand up for himself when he realises that the yobs are outside his door, forcing him to confront his own cowardice while his son looks on.

I've not always enjoyed Simon Ellis' films but as a "doer" he certainly deserves my attention and this film seemed topical and interesting thank to its base in the realm of asbo yobs and "happy slapping". However the reason I found the film interesting was not because of these topics but more because of the two lead characters, who the film is about. It is not brilliant but I found this aspect of the film tot be really well done and interesting in a sort of character driven film. The real story is the unspoken relationship that comes out very quickly between father and son as the cowardice (or common sense?) of the former becomes clear to the latter. It is interestingly done and made me think about the dynamics and the situation beyond the running time of the film.

As a narrative it could have done more but for my money it left the characters at the best place – with a lot of stuff visible in the their faces but not in their words. Credit to the actors then for producing so much of this film in their performances. The father (Philips) is easily the strongest and does justice to the character but the son (O'Shea) and "asbo" (Socha) are both strong. Ellis does well with the crane camera but also uses the mobile phone video feel to be in keeping with his story and provide some visual styling beyond the higher budget stuff (£50k being a big budget in this world) .

Not a perfect film then but it does produce a very interesting character dynamic that drew me in effortlessly and also got an impressive central turn from Phillips despite his rather unattractive character.


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