Those who have seen Claire Foy play a young Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown will know the actress is no stranger to emotional scenes.
But her recent role in the new BAFTA nominated film, All of Us Strangers, may just take the cake.
Based in London, the story follows Adam (Andrew Scott) back to his childhood home where he finds his mother and father (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.
“I just thought it was so heartfelt, and honest, and really beautiful. I haven’t read anything like that in a long long time, or ever in fact,” Foy told 1News.
Much of the film’s emotional punch comes from the heart-wrenching moments Adam shares with his deceased parents as he brings them up to speed on his life, his job, but most significantly, his sexuality.
As a result, the film deals with themes of acceptance, grief, loss, and identity.
Foy said it would be a shame for viewers to consider the piece only for queer people.
“We’re all strangers in our families, and sometimes queer-ness gives that a name,” she said.
“Most of us are unknown or unknowable even to ourselves and this film is a questioning of that and an exploration of [Adam] trying desperately to fill in those blanks.
“I think it would be a shame if people didn’t see this story is so universal to all of us and it is about love.”
All of Us Strangers has received four and five star reviews, as well as being nominated for six BAFTAs.
But it failed to receive any Oscar nominations, and many movie sites have already labelled that a big snub.
It’s already out in theatres in New Zealand and Foy said those heading along may be surprised.
“A lot of people think it’s a ghost story, I think a lot of people think it’s a love story, so I don’t think it’s very easy to encapsulate,” she said.
However Foy warned tissues are most definitely needed, and prepare to make some emotional phone calls to loved ones after.