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114 Ratings

Soft in the Head

Directed by Nathan Silver
United States, 2013


Thrown out of her New York City apartment, Natalia, a 25-year-old hot mess, relies on the kindness of friends and strangers…

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Soft in the Head Directed by Nathan Silver
The obviously improvised, repetitive dialogue sounds like it was recorded from an adjoining bathroom stall. Interesting, albeit obvious, choices for a drunk scene — until it becomes clear that no, this is how director Nathan Silver intends to shoot his entire movie… Carl Kranz, as a possibly autistic boy enamored of Natalia, offers his scenes some heart. But "Soft in the Head’’ is drab, ramshackle stuff — up in everyone’s face, and finding very little there.
April 17, 2014
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From a dramatic standpoint, the movie can be unconvincing. Some half-muttered dialogue evokes John Cassavetes at his most indulgent; Ms. Etxeberría’s performance is both bravely off-putting and irritatingly mannered. From a formal standpoint, though, the movie impresses, maintaining a sense of anxiety through tight shots and a sound design that favors overlapping voices and constant clatter.
April 17, 2014
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Natalia is the single female among the sexually deprived men, except for one dinner when her stricken friend, Hannah (Melanie J. Scheiner), deigns to join in at the table. The complexity of this grotesque vignette—Hannah’s judgmental, middle-class gaze as she sits at the communal table, Natalia’s passionate yet somewhat prurient interest in the men—is one example of Silver’s psychological depth, where realism nearly implodes the more immediate exigencies of plot.
April 17, 2014
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