Soft for Digging Reviews
Hardly any dialogue is in this film so the story is told visually just about for its entirety. The films is very slowly paced, but very eerie at the same time. It borrows heavily from the visual style of Tetsuo: The Iron Man as well as other Japanese Cyberpunk movies (see Tetsuo and you'll see what I mean), but at the same time develops a sort of style of its own.
I can't say much about the acting except that the actors are masters of silence and facial expressions - though when words really are spoken, they, for the most part, are similar to dialogue when spoken in Eraserhead. To hear words in this film is one of the most surreal things imaginable, and is partly why this is a horrific masterpiece.
What's great is that there's also some humor too, for instance when a certain body wearing a loose jacket is being dragged - the jacket slides off, and the dragger has to pick the person up again. Also Virgil gets revenge on his runaway cat for all the trouble it caused him, which is pretty disturbing, but humorous at the same time.
This film may require some good amount of attention, but those who love eerie visuals will find their interest arrested in this film's wonderfully, creepy and bizarre shots. Plus the style mixture is just great!
It's really a classic example of a film only a freshman film school student could churn out as some bullshit project over his winter holiday. "Soft for Digging" makes about as sense as its title (none) and for as hard as it tries, all I felt at the end was sorry for whoever played that little girl.
I compare it to a student film from a community college that gets top honors for being a full length feature.
For what it was, I enjoyed it. It felt like I was peering into a window and watching this hermit's life unfold.
Don't let the "horror" word fool you. It is not a horror movie. It's more of a super natural thriller without a lot of thriller.