Soft Like Me (1996)

Soft Like Me (1996)

soft-like-meWhen you think disturbing movie – think Soft Like Me. After seeing it yesterday I could only  say that  a film can hardly get more disturbing that that.Even its tag line ” With hope comes punishment” sounds quite weird , surreal and depressing .

On a prairie wheat field in a mythical past or fantasy future , boys are enslaved to harvest wheat. They hope to escape, but with hope comes punishment —firm and final punishment.  In an article titled Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Canadian Film [1] the film  is said to deal with the intersections of the prairie landscape and childhood…and while that is not a very detailed or accurate description – I am guessing that its shows some insights of what the movie is about. To me it also seemed like horror film.

Soft like me

While researching for the review you are now reading I stumbled upon an interview with the film director says :

In Soft Like Me, for example, I wanted to recreate the Canadian prairies at the turn of the century, but the one that no one talks about. It’s the one that isn’t in the history books because history is obsessed with blunt objects like facts.” [2]

Some of you are familiar with the rather popular The Nature of Nicholas.  Soft Like Me (1996) –  a 24-minute short film  is directed by the same Canadian director  Jeff Erbach.  I admit that I am having troubles following the movie he directs – or even understanding them – but at the same time he has an unique style that can be hardly mistaken.

The movie can be seen online at the Underground film website , but be warned that it contains violence, and mature themes. Soft Like Me is one of the bleakest, most chilling visions you’ll ever encounter.

Sources :

[2] Sinister Seven: Jeff Erbach - link

Soft like me at IMDB – link


  1. my older brother is in this movie, and I was on the set when it was shot, I was about 6 at the time, I want to watch it! Halp meh!!!

  2. It is a very hard film to locate , mostly because of the highly controversial footage. Yet one can catch it in various of independence film festivals across the world.

  3. Can anyone tell me where this film can now be seen – doesn't seem to be on any underground film site …thanks for the review!

  4. I didn´t know there were so many interesting short films out there in the coming of age genre, but you have really found several, like this one for example. Though the story here seems a bit weird, it´s at the same time intriguing and you get an instant feeling that you should watch it. I haven´t yet seen the film “The nature of Nicholas”, which also looks somewhat strange, but since it´s the same director I will probably have to watch them both now.

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