LAFF: Softness of Bodies Review

Softness of Bodies Theatrical Poster

People are a funny thing. In a lifetime, you’ll probably meet a wide variety of people with a wide array of personalities. Yet we all know someone who has a self-destructive nature. Someone who seemingly ruins everything that they touch. These should be people that you actively avoid yet sometimes they’re just so interesting that you want to keep them around. This person is the central focus for Jordan Blady’s film, Softness of Bodies. But is a film about a self-destructive character something that you should watch?

In a way, yes. The central character in Softness of Bodies is not a sympathetic character at all. However, this film is essentially a really bad wreck that you just have to see as you pass by it. You know it’s going to be awful but you can’t turn away from it.

Softness of Bodies follows Charlotte Parks, an aspiring poet living abroad in Berlin, Germany. While there, she hopes to win a prestigious poetry grant while dealing with love life, a rival poet, and her need to steal things.

Softness of Bodies - Dasha Nekrasova

Softness of Bodies is not a film that’s easily describable. Primarily because the film comes out of left field. When you expect the film to be one thing, it turns around and becomes another thing entirely. Its unpredictability is what adds some intrigue to the film. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t become interesting until halfway through the film. But the film’s surprises is only an enhancement to the character drama in the film. Charlotte Parks is a self-destructive human being where everything around her just crumbles and dies. Not to mention, her behavior is disgraceful and she doesn’t seem at all contrite about it. Needless to say, she’s not a sympathetic character by any stretch of the imagination.

Yet what drives the story is seeing if Charlotte’s self-destructive nature will come back to bite her. As the saying goes, karma’s a bitch. So will there be any redemption for Charlotte or will she crash and burn? This is something that Softness of Bodies tries to answer. She has a lot of opportunities to redeem herself through her close friends. As a result, you’re glued to the entirety of the film to see what’ll happen to Charlotte. But as the story progresses, you’ll begin to dislike her more and more. So even if she does redeem herself, you just won’t care. She’s irredeemable because there isn’t much character development in the film. She’s practically the same person at the end of the film as she was at the beginning of the film.

Sadly, the film is a bit of a mess as well. With all of the characters in Charlotte’s life, the film jumps from character to character without adding any sort of meaningful addition to the story. So as the story ends, there are so many unresolved storylines that it may frustrate you. Not to mention, the supporting characters are one-dimensional characters as well. You won’t find a lot of layers to the characters at all. But they serve their purpose in the film: To move Charlotte’s story along—even if it does go off on tangents.

Softness of Bodies - Dasha Nekrasova

Dasha Nekrasova is excellent as Charlotte Parks. Her performance is so deplorable that you’ll begin to dislike her. But that’s the point of the character. She’s able to go from sarcastic to absolutely losing it at a drop of a hat. Basically, Nekrasova is able to play a despicable person really well. As for the rest of the cast, they do well in their respective roles. Everyone is able to have their own moment in the film and makes good use of it.

Overall, Softness of Bodies is an interesting and unpredictable character drama. Sure, the film is full of characters that are pricks. But Charlotte’s destructive nature is something that’ll keep you glued to the screen the entire time. It’s like watching a slow-motion trainwreck. You know something bad is going to happen but you can’t look away. This is essentially the point of Softness of Bodies.

Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

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