In Vitro
SHORT FILM
                                                                                             Locations
 
 
Directed by TOBY STEPHENS
Produced by APT PRODUCTIONS
Producers STEVIE LEE, SARAH BEST,
SUKEY RICHARDSON
Director of photography SIMON DENNIS
Executive producers ALAN RICKMAN, RALPH FIENNES
BARBARA BROCCOLI
 
Starring RUPERT PENRY-JONES, STEPHANIE LEONIDAS
and ANNA-LOUISE PLOWMAN
2014

 

 

In Vitro is a film about a couple's struggle with infertility. 

It subtly explores how infertility can erode a marriage, and what can happen when cold science replaces passion and a sense of mutual purpose.

 

"In Vitro is a quiet but unnerving drama that unravels the emotion with poignancy and heartache. Absorbing yet tender, angered but filled with sorrow, this will engage you from its beginning to its ultimate viscerally chaotic end. Director Toby Stephen’s has implemented the story well, this is a powerful story from the male perspective of a couple torn apart by the loss of many unborn children.

 

Rupert Penry-Jones is outstanding as the man in the midst of his breakdown. Though he is helped by Stephanie Leonidas and Anna-Louise Plowman, this is Penry-Jones vehicle to flesh out this engaging narrative.

 

In Vitro is heart-wrenching but never preaching. Absorbing you into the midst of this modern day misfortune, the short film utterly compels you. Very few actors can make the transition from in front of the camera to behind but Stephens accomplishes it with ease, seemingly. With sublime imagery, the closing one particularly painful, Stephens can enhance the film with sharp astute direction and guide the cinematography. There is also the ongoing theme of isolation during the process of artificial means of conception, and how constantly trying clinical procedures can strip you away from your love and passions. Extremely well done, this is a short film that will hurt you in your soul."

 

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