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The Nest

From the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene

Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.

Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison’s horses and plans to build a stable. But the family buckles beneath an unaffordable lifestyle and increasing isolation as they head toward a seemingly inevitable breakdown.

Driven by superb performances and a masterfully crafted aesthetic unease, Sean Durkin’s second feature contemplates the corrosive value system of the 1980s and its human toll, as it spreads like a sickness nobody realized was there. Rory is its embodiment – the unrepentant capitalist for whom wealth and status become the measure of self-worth. This moral poison enters his home, sending everyone down their own self-destructive paths. 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.- Sundance Film Festival

"There's beauty in the small moments of this downbeat and dark family drama"- Ricard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"The Nest of the most haunting and impressive works of the year"- Steven Prokopy, Third Coast Review

"As conceived by Canadian writer-director Sean Durkin, The Nest is excellently engineered domestic drama, with characters walking on just the right number of eggshells around each other until they crack wide open"- Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

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Directed by: 
Sean Durkin
Running Time: 
107 minutes
UK, Canada
Jude Law
Carrie Coon
Oona Roche
Charlie Shotwell
Screenplay by: 
Sean Durkin

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