Soft & Quiet (2022)
December 8, 2022 10:16 AM - Subscribe

Elementary school teacher Emily is organizing a mixer of like-minded women, but an altercation between a woman from Emily's past and the group leads to a volatile chain of events. (Note: this IMDb-supplied plot description is technically accurate but huge content warnings are advisable, which constitute spoilers. See more inside.)

Starring Stefanie Estes, Olivia Luccardi, Eleanore Pienta, Dana Millican, Melissa Paulo, Jon Beavers, Cissy Ly, Rebekah Wiggins, Shannon Mahoney.

Written & directed by Beth de Ara├║jo. A Blumhouse release.

88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently available for digital rental in the US. JustWatch listing.

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The spoiler aspect of this is revealed in most reviews for the film, as it's really part of the premise. But I'm being careful anyway, so here goes...

The "mixer of like-minded women" is the inaugural meeting of the Daughters of Aryan Purity. They're racists. Initially, they discuss this in a sort of "Sorry for being PC"/"It's not like I hate them" way, but as they get comfortable with each other, it curdles very quickly into naked, unmasked racism. The incident that the plot blurb hints at is an impromptu hate crime.

So this is very, very upsetting.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total)
 
This is pretty much what it is: good lesser-known actors semi-improv their way through a (seemingly) single shot film about racist Karens sliding from "just talking" to committing a hate crime. It's as grim and hard to take as that sounds, but it is expertly put together.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:19 AM on December 9, 2022


It has a point, I guess, and it's that "why can't I just be proud of being white?"/"why can't I just say the 'thing we all know'" racists may like to position themselves as not so out there... but they are never more than a few precarious steps away from showing their naked, unadorned, full-on homicidal racism.

I could hardly blame anyone who already knows that to their bones if they didn't have any interest in watching this, though, especially BIPOC viewers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:33 AM on December 9, 2022


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