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After his powerhouse efficiency in Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Cosmo Jarvis returns to the Emerald Isle in Cordelia star Antonia Campbell-Hughes’ characteristic directorial debut. He performs Hamish Considine, the intensely repressed son of rich, distant father Jack (Claes Bang), who travels to Donegal to take care of the home and different affairs left behind by an aunt that not too long ago handed away. After a remarkably impolite interplay with the girl offering him along with his rent automotive, he hits the highway – however earlier than he can get the place he’s going, he’s caught up in an enormous collision with one other automobile. He survives, however is closely injured – the shock to his system appears to set off a rebel towards his father’s domineering methods, and being within the place the place his late mom lived encourages him to hunt the reality about who she was.

Jarvis’ usually wild, simmering on-screen power is restrained right here, however he’s nonetheless impactful. A broad, brawny presence, he’s a basic fish-out-of-water, along with his clipped vowels, fancy wool coats and impractical sneakers pressured onto the backdrop of limitless Irish greenery and rural simplicity. Hamish is curiously uptight and abrasive, weirdly entitled but additionally unwilling to look susceptible – in a single notably grotesque sequence, he treats his personal wounds, regardless of probably having greater than sufficient assets to hunt correct assist.

Claes Bang is impressively chilly and intimidating as patriarch Jack.

He varieties an odd attachment to native lad Evan (Rhys Mannion), who was additionally concerned within the collision. Their relationship dynamic shifts from adversarial, to co-dependent, to mentor-like, to surprisingly sexually charged from scene to scene, with the consequence being extra irritating than fascinating, and infrequently extraneous-feeling. Claes Bang is impressively chilly and intimidating as patriarch Jack regardless of solely ever showing on a laptop computer display, doing his finest to raise some very clunky dialogue.

Although there are some attention-grabbing themes of self-destruction, small-town despair and an aching to know the place you come from being explored right here, the script is vastly underdeveloped. However the place the writing falls down, the visuals impress – the stark, nonetheless cinematography (huge, lush landscapes, Jarvis’ face half-lit by candlelight, an intense sequence of strobe lighting) is gorgeous, and there’s no denying the sense of temper that Campbell-Hughes captures. It’s simply not an environment you wish to be submerged in for very lengthy.

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