The Nest is a 2020 drama film written, directed, and produced by the winner of the Dramatic Directing Award 2011, Sean Durkin. The film is set in the 1980s. Rory O'Hara (Jude Law) lives with his wife Allison O'Hara (Carrie Coon) and children in the United States. Rory convinces his family to move to London, where he was offered a high-paying job with great opportunities. In England, the family settles in an old mansion, surrounding themselves with wealth. In this gigantic, half-empty house, tension builds up between them, and Rory's public bragging slowly reveals the truth.
The 80s in the tape indicate not only the corresponding entourage. In the film, there are references to President Reagan, and in business conversations, the protagonist admires American thinking and the belief that everyone can achieve heights. The radio plays Thompson Twins and The Cure, evoking the melancholy mood of Britain.
The film is not a thriller, but it has moments that create a restless, understatement atmosphere.
There are no unambiguously negative characters or shocking discoveries in this picture. The interest here is in the family relationship that turns into a family battle, provoked by the illusion of quick and dizzying success.
The Nest looks boring at first glance, but it is a worthy story about pursuing a dream that fails to live up to.