to the current rose-tinted nostalgia for that most awful of decades , the 1980s . The Nest is a moody family drama that plays like The Omen with Thatcher swapped in for Satan . Might Durkin ’ s new film be autobiographical ? When he was 12 , his parents uprooted him from scenic Surrey to Manhattan . For the family at the center of The Nest , the transplant occurs in reverse , with English Wall Street broker Rory ( Jude Law ) convincing his dubious American wife Allison ( Carrie Coon ) to up sticks and flee Manhattan for Surrey in the mid ‘ 80s . Tempted by Thatcher ’ s policy of deregulation , Rory returns to work for the London firm he started his career with . He pays a year ’ s rent in advance on a centuries old estate and begins building stables so Allison can pursue her ambitions of becoming a horse trainer . His young son , Benjamin ( Charlie Shotwell ), is enrolled at the best school in the area , though his stepdaughter , Sam ( Oona Roche ), is tellingly sent to the local comprehensive .