How can he possibly afford all this ? Well , it turns out he can ’ t . After struggling to achieve the American dream , Rory soon finds out that Thatcher ’ s promise of gold in the streets of London is just as much of a fairy tale . Having bet big on a brokerage deal that his beleaguered employer ( Michael Culkin ) ultimately dismisses as overly naive , Rory is left in debt to the tune of tens of thousands and forced to beg his wife for pocket money from the shoebox she keeps hidden from his eyes .
Needless to say , this puts a strain on their marriage . Movies about failing relationships are two a penny , but what makes Durkin ’ s film stand out is its formal approach . Durkin tells this story like a horror movie . As far as the troubled marriage sub-genre goes , its closest companion is Eyes Wide Shut . The Nest has a pervading atmosphere you can almost choke on , a fog of bad decisions wafting off the screen like the smoke from a fag perched atop a fruit machine in an ‘ 80s London boozer .