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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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Luke Kingston ...
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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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Shopkeeper
Christine McSween ...
Passing Woman (as Christine MacSween)
Phil Molloy ...
Neighbour
Jane Hooks ...
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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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Outstanding Short Film!
26 June 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this film at the Worldwide Short Film Festival (WWSFF) 2007, in Toronto, Canada. I had been generally unimpressed with many of the films in the programme. Some were mediocre, bad, and some were quite good. HOWEVER, no film blew me away like SOFT did. I had never in my life witnessed an audience so enraptured in a film before - to vocally cheer for the characters, and feel such strong emotions.

SOFT won "Best Live Action Short" at the WWSFF, and well deserved! Simon developed the characters extremely well by using tension and raising the stakes (which was defined by subtle choices the characters made). I cannot stress how smart this film was. The film was cinematically beautiful, with interesting visual choices to play with conventional cinema. Most of all, the acting really was superb because of how realistic the dialogue and character choices were.

This is a film I would recommend to anyone who wants to see a short film that can evoke powerful emotions. Those who watch a lot films will appreciate films that make a lasting impression on you. Well, SOFT is one short film that you won't forget.


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