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The Nest

Sean Durkin

Jude Law and Carrie Coon simmer in this tightly-wound two-hander from writer-director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) that’s at once an engrossing domestic drama and something akin to a ghost story.  Driven by their two superb performances and dripping with unease, Sean Durkin’s second feature takes a sharp look at the corrosive value system of the 1980s and its human toll.  

“…at once an engrossing domestic drama and something akin to a ghost story”

Charismatic entrepreneur Rory (Law) relocates his family from the United States to a chilly, sprawling country house in England with dreams of profiting from booming 1980s London. But as his wife Allison (Coon) and their wayward children struggle to adapt to the complications of a new lifestyle, the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, and the couple begins to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.

Blurring social critique and character drama, Durkin reflects on the moral and spiritual emptiness of an unselfconsciously aspirational society – one in which we forsake everything to get what we want, even when we no longer know why we want it.

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