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The Nest

  • 2020
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Sean Durkin's first feature since 2011's remarkable Martha Marcy May Marlene focuses on finance whizz Rory O'Hara (Jude Law). Hoping to make a fortune on the back of the 1980s Big Bang deregulation of financial services, he's moved his family from the US to London - but while he appears cool, calm and collected on the surface, he is really paddling furiously to stay afloat. Law is perfectly cast as the superficially composed family man, and Carrie Coon is superb as his transactional wife. There are also small but notable contributions from Anne Reid as Rory's neglected mother, and Adeel Akhtar as the workplace colleague he underestimates. As with Durkin's previous film, the narrative revels in what remains unspoken as Rory's life slowly crumbles. Dotted with micro-clues for the keen-eyed, this is a subtle, creeping study of a family in crisis, and a fitting tribute to the tense relationship dramas of Ingmar Bergman.

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