“The Nest”: “I never judge my characters” – Sean Durkin

Jude Law and Carrie Coon give the line in “The Nest”, a psychological drama about the breakdown of a couple. In an interview, Canadian director Sean Durkin details his intentions.

At the origin of “The Nest” there is a desire to address “parenthood” paired with scattered childhood memories, one that was raised between the United States and Great Britain. These are the two countries in which the new feature film by filmmaker and screenwriter Sean Durkin takes place.

But for the latter, it is not a question of bringing pieces of his life to the screen. He is more interested in the decomposition of a couple. The couple are Rory O'Hara (Jude Law) and Alison (Carrie Coon). He is a “trader”, she breeds horses. Between the two, their son Ben (Charlie Shotwell) and Sam (Oona Roche), Alison's daughter.

“I wrote the screenplay over four years. Yes, history has changed over the years. I became a father and being a parent changes a lot of things. Parenthood allowed me to understand more elements, first of the film and then of the characters, the parents compared to the children, which explains the scenes of Rory and Alison with their mothers ”, he indicates during a telephone interview with the QMI Agency.

Slow evolution

At first, the couple got along perfectly well. Rory and Alison are happy, love each other and are fulfilled. But their move to Britain is a game-changer. Little by little, Alison realizes her husband's lies, his irresponsible attitude – he spends more than what he earns – and his escape from his job, which he finds a way to sabotage.

It is by chance that Jude Law and Carrie Coon, perfect in their respective roles, are in the credits.

“I did not think of them at all while writing” The Nest “, to entrust the director and screenwriter. I work closely with my casting directors and am always very open when it comes to choosing actors. […] I immediately nodded when Carrie's name came up. In fact, I knew her through mutual friends and we had seen each other a few times the year before the shoot. ”

“I needed an actress who embodies this duality. It was the same with Jude. From our first conversation, we knew we had the same goal. Rory doesn't necessarily do the right thing for her family, but each of her actions is driven by love. We immediately discussed how Jude was going to convey that love, warmth and charm, ”he explains.

His direction as an actor is very flexible, he lets the actors find the tone and appropriate the text, as long as they respect his intention.

“I don't believe in judging a character,” says Sean Durkin. I've had some pretty horrible characters in my movies, just think of the cult guru in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, but I never judge my characters. So Rory has to be a full human being, complete and true. ”

Since the director mentions his excellent “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, it is impossible not to draw parallels between his two works. Both deal with betrayal and both have an open ending.

“Open endings are explained by the fact that we know that life will go on. I do not believe in ends that stop something. [In “The Nest”], we know that their existence will continue and that they will have to work certain aspects of it together. ”

“The treason? It's interesting. I believe this is a theme present in both films, but it is not a conscious step on my part. I think, on the other hand, that it is one of the components of being human. “The Nest” shows a couple who can't really communicate. And, by not revealing certain information to the other, we betray him, ”he concludes.

“The Nest” is currently playing in theaters across the province.

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