Nine years after winning the US directing award for best drama at the Sundance Film Festival for “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” writer-director Sean Durkin returned to his old stomping ground to debut his sophomore effort. “The Nest” follows the economic and interpersonal fallout after Rory, an overzealous patriarch (Jude Law), uproots his American family to move to London.

“The idea came from this part of my childhood where I moved between England and the US… I [thought] that cultural change and that atmosphere change would make a really haunting shift in a film,” writer-director Durkin explained at Variety’s Sundance Studio presented by AT&T. “Within that, I wanted to do something about a family and explore how a move alters a dynamic of a family.”

The film is set in 1986, at the height of deregulation when American companies could branch into British markets. “It was the birth of the potential entrepreneur in England in a modern sense. What’s remarkable is that that [concept] hasn’t really changed,” Jude Law said. “That passion for more, bigger, better, wider, louder… it was really interesting going back to a time perhaps when there was a slight naivete around that kind of belief.”

Carrie Coon plays Allison, the mother of the family. The actress reflected on the shortcomings of her and Law’s characters in their relationships with their children during the film. “Most bad parenting… comes from neglect,” Coon said. “It comes from missing a moment when you’re needed. It’s not something you intend to do. It’s because we’re human beings and we’re caught up in our own dramas and our own psychologies.”

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