Nesting (Film Thoughts: The Nest)

Rory O Hara (Jude Law) has a million dollars in his bank, and he feels like he is the King of The World (the film is set in the heady 80s, so imagine the amount pre-inflation) for some reason, this is not good enough for him and he wants to go back to his native London, uproot his family, and work as a Commodities Trader in the burgeoning London Financial Market. His wife Allison, played by Cary Coon, is skeptical, but goes along for the sake of her family. When they get there, he rents a palatial house In Surrey and situates his wife and kids there, but the family’s world starts to crumble – what happens next is a domino effect of things heading south – Rory loses deal after deal, Allison’s beloved horse dies, their elder daughter gets involved in drugs, the youngest son has a difficult time adjusting to his new school. In ‘The Nest,’ Writer/Director Sean Durkins films all of this in darkness, and you feel the starkness of what is happening to all the characters. Law is great, a slithering sly charmer who uses his skills to lure, but does not really know what he is luring them with, and Coon matches him scene by scene – her Alison becomes unhinged, and we see the character lose it all – literally and figuratively. If there was justice in the world, she would be a front runner for her performance. The final scene is a genius – a family who realize they are down in the depths, but somehow their despair still brings them all together, and even as the situation is bleak, you know that they are going to be alright. 

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