SXSW Film Festival: ‘Soak’ and ‘Sisters’ Short Film Review’s


16 year old Yeonsoo Tak meets her mother who ran away, intent on convincing her to return home. However, as the night wears on, Yeonsoo realizes that her mother has hopes of her own, something that had never occurred to Yeonsoo. Stuck between her mother’s new life plans and the pressures from her controlling father, Yeonsoo is faced with an impossible choice.

Fifteen minutes, and there was so much to unpack within this journey. I’ll start with the beautiful mesmerizing score. It was soft yet subtle in the backdrop that matched our story’s tone. As the story moves, it moves, it was beautifully put together. As we have this dark story of a young girl witnessing her parent’s demise, the color palette stood out. The colors chosen are vibrant to start but begin to get darker and darker as the story unfolds.

Do Eun Lee gives a gut-wrenching performance as Yeonsoo. Her words are minimal but where she stands out is in-between. Yeonsoo is going through a rough time, and how Do Eun Lee expresses these emotions captivate you to empathize with her journey.

Hannah Bang rips your heart through this tumultuous journey through Soak. Her craft is perfect, and I truly can’t wait to see her future as a writer and director.


Hidden secrets cause tension when two estranged sisters are forced to confront each other while preparing for their ailing mother’s death.

As the sisters come together because their mother is on the verge of dying, they decide to battle it out of who gets what in the house. I died laughing at this. In a fantastic montage with upbeat music and dancing, the sisters label things throughout the home with stickers stating their claim.

The sisters don’t talk much to each other anymore. They begin to unpack years of misery and realize that they are both currently struggling with issues. I will say this is where Jess Brunetto sucks you into the short. How she built the story leading up to the climax was creative and also INSANE. I loved every minute of it.

Brunetto’s writing is excellent and how Sarah Burns and Mary Holland bring this script to life is fantastic. The casting of these two was equally as important as the script itself. The short is a blast and, honestly, something I would love to see translated into a full feature.

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