Wednesday 26 May 2021
10:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7.30pm
Directed by Shaun Durkin
A psychological thriller of matrimonial mind games, The Nest explores the strains a transatlantic move puts on a marriage.
One day, after at least a decade living in the States, English-born Rory announces that he plans to uproot his wife and two children, to pursue “an opportunity” back in London.
Although she loves her husband, Allison feels that something isn’t right. “It’s not your job to worry”, her mother reassures her. “Leave that to your husband”. This telling line reflects a widespread attitude in the 80s when this film is set.
Rory is in fact a scheming conman, who dreams big. His self-serving behaviour, as the film unfolds, will be an anathema to many. He finds a posh mansion in Surrey, England, which he rents for more than he can afford and his perceptive wife’s concern heightens when she sees the place, whereas the kids (oblivious to the family’s finances) are intimidated by the house itself.
Worth watching purely for the performances by its two stars and for Durkin’s ability to generate a sense of impending doom in even mundane circumstances. – Don Kaye, Den of Geek
A lesson in how a preoccupation with status or material success can lead to disaster. – Jake Wilson, SMH
As devastating as The Nest often is, the sheer beauty of individual moments is still elating. – RoberEbert.com