#SUNDANCE: “THE NEST”
Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
After status-obsessed Rory (Jude Law) forces his wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to move from New York to 1980s Surrey, England, the family begins to fall apart.
Writer-Director Sean Durkin has finally followed-up on his Feature debut Martha Marcy May Marlene with this stunning study of the lengths one may go to get and/or appear wealthy in a capitalist society. His steady pace, impeccable dialogue and setting create an eerie atmosphere that easily unsettles and hovers over each scene. His entire cast is outstanding. Law ferociously throws himself into Rory’s incredible need to be in the upper-class and his slow descent into turmoil. Then there’s Coon’s controlled and subtle Allison that quickly turns into a ticking time-bomb. The Nest is a study on how some are willing to risk everything and anything to get what they want, even after they forget why they want it. And although this takes place in the 1980s, it’s a film is relevant to our society today.
The Nest screens at Sundance on Sun, Jan. 26th at 6:30 PM at Eccles, Mon, Jan. 27th at 8 AM at The MARC, Thus, Jan. 30th at 9 AM at Eccles, Fri, Jan. 31st at 9:30 PM at The Ray, and Sun, Feb. 2nd at 3 PM at Tower Theatre