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THE NEST

Sean Durkin | 2020 | 107 MINS
UK/Canada
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Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begins to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor. A beautifully understated film starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon.

In Detail

Rory (Jude Law) is an ambitious entrepreneur who brings his American wife (Carrie Coon) and kids to his native country, England, to explore new business opportunities, with dreams of profiting from booming 1980’s London. After abandoning the sanctuary of their safe American suburban surroundings, the family is plunged into the despair of an archaic '80s Britain and their unaffordable new life in an English manor house threatens to destroy the family.

‘The Nest’ is a complex movie, despite its economical size. At initial glance, it is mostly just the story of a family moving, and not finding what they like in their new environment. But what writer/director Durkin does so smartly is fill the picture with a creeping atmosphere that implies deeper, danker things beyond what we are seeing in literal form.

Movies almost never deal with the intricacies of marriage: finances, schooling, finding the right work-life balance. By contrast, ‘The Nest’ burrows into the minutiae, and the rewards of going along with the O’Haras are worth it, and it’s atmosphere of animosity is palpable enough that it’s wicked fun simply watching the family become unglued.

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