It Is In Us All
The star of Kelly + Victor steps behind the camera for this atmospheric psychological drama that explores the aftermath of a fatal road accident.
Two cars collide along a rural road in Donegal. Callum, a young teenager, is killed. His 17-year-old friend Evan survives. As does Hamish (Cosmo Jarvis), the older driver of the other car. Neither faces prosecution because Callum’s driving is held responsible for the crash, but the two survivors know differently. Their shared experience creates a bond; for Evan there may be a faint sexual charge to it, but Hamish’s connection taps into something deeper, linked to his own emotional and geographical distance from his father (Claes Bang). And then there is Callum’s devastated mother (director Antonia Campbell-Hughes), highlighting the lack of female presence in Evan and Hamish’s lives.
Campbell-Hughes’ drama, beautifully shot by Piers McGrail (Calm with Horses), is an intoxicating exploration of obsession borne out of tragedy. At heart a character study of two individuals whose shared experience draws out the debilitating impact of trauma, It Is In Us All profits from the tension Campbell-Hughes rachets up as the film progresses, along with the two leads’ performances, particularly Jarvis, who was such a striking presence in Calm with Horses and Lady Macbeth.