In Our Nature
An estranged father and son, both on the verge of starting new families, accidentally end up in the same country house with their girlfriends. As the weekend devolves into an awkward reckoning, both couples find themselves questioning their future.
2012 Great Barrington, LLC
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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion.
- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Thursday, December 6, 2012
Rotten: This could be renamed "Mope-Faced Kingdom."
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Thursday, December 6, 2012
For an independent drama with only four characters set in the woods, the film flows nicely, allowing enough character development and spot on performances to allow for thorough engagement. Slattery defines a separated father, both tiptoeing around his son whom he hardly sees and taking out his aggravations, misplaced or not. His connection to the material is undeniable, bringing to life certain lines like "why can't you be happy for me" and a scene involving marijuana and Jena Malone. The only actor who lets his performance slide is Gilford, whose blank stares and quiet deliveries make for an uneven and almost stale exhibition. However, the ladies cover this up as best they can, with a more involved approach, stealing the show several times. Calm and quaint like the characters' surroundings, "In Our Nature" is a strong emotional drama exploring the differences and similarities between blossoming relationships in the era of divorce that we live in. There's no need for melodrama or heightened realities, no extremes or unexpected twists, just life, begging the question how much this relates to the director's life. Pleasant and never boring, Savelson sets the bar high for a follow-up.
- xas5, Sunday, July 7, 2013