Soap and roses is a film short that approaches the subject of sexual assault with new perspective. This film explores not only the effects of rape trauma syndrome on the survivor, but also takes a unique look at the perpetrator, examining the psyche of the rapist by tracing one man’s descent into violence.
Raymond is a good-natured janitor who works at a local supermarket and who in his off-hours volunteers at a community arts center assisting Julissa, a young idealistic artist. When he suddenly loses his job, this sparks a series of disconcerting episodes in Raymond’s life. Finally when it seems there is nowhere else he can turn, he reacts by striking out at the person he most admires; and thus begins Raymond’s journey to resolve the consequences of an act he cannot reconcile.