When a father and son are independently terrorised by the same gang of youths, Dad is forced to deal with fears that he hasn’t had to face since leaving school, rediscovering his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time. A short film written and directed by Simon Ellis, Soft was the recipient of the 2008 International Jury Prize at Sundance, as well as Best of the Fest at the ’07 Palm Springs Short Film Fest. What Soft accomplishes to garner such acclaim is multi-fold and seemingly contradictory: the short film is both novel and yet relatable, timeless in its themes yet extremely topical, and while so much of the film is about relationships and emotions, its defining moment is a thunderbolt of shocking action.


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