‘In Our Nature’ DVD Review
In Our Nature is a quiet unassuming movie that rips through your emotional nature. It premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and was also a selection at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival. The premise behind In Our Nature is the fallout that occurs when Seth (Zach Gilford) takes his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) to his family’s cabin, only to find that his father (John Slattery) whom he doesn’t sepak to and his girlfriend, Vicky (Gabrielle Union), have also decided on a long weekend at the house. As the father and son have not spoken in years, the tension is high and the reunion uncomfortable, to say the least.
I chose to watch In Our Nature for John Slattery and Gabrielle Union. I am a huge Gabrielle Union fan. I love the way she speaks and the way she can say so much with her eyes and facial expressions. John Slattery had me ever since Mad Men. I went into the viewing of In Our Nature expecting it to be a low action, all talk movie, with a lot of exploration of feelings. It was that, but because of that and despite that, it was extremely enthralling.
From the very first scene when Seth and Andie are preparing to leave for the family cabin and Seth is attempting to get out of a very tight parallel parking space, the movie had me. I knew that scene was symbolic of what would later occur with Seth and his father and it was beautifully done. The thing about In Our Nature that impressed me the most was the visuals and direction. The director, Brian Salveson, did an outstanding job of using distance and long shots to convey the characters feelings. He also focused many shots on the cabin and surrounding acreage that, while it was gorgeous, also summed up the isolation of the characters and the loneliness of their relationships.
In Our Nature is not a feel good movie. Everything is not wrapped up with a neat little bow at the end. The film is more about the journey and how people have to suffer through old pains and memories and try to forge ahead in spite of them. It is hard to have an hour and a half movie center around just four people, yet In Our Nature pulled it off. I would highly recommend that you immediately go get this DVD. It deserves at least one viewing, if not two, just to see the gorgeous landscape again.
In Our Nature is available on DVD and runs approxmately 103 minutes and features audio commentary with the director, Brian Savelson and the producer, Anish Savjani. That is the DVD’s only bonus feature.
In Our Nature is available on Amazon.