Two films exploring how variations of uncertainty can unravel a family recently relocated and a Catholic teenager who discovers self-pleasure open Sept. 18 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, and directed by Sean Durkin, “The Nest” is a drama about marital distress.
Rory (played by Law) is an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker who persuades his family to leave the comfort of suburban America to return to his native England. Sensing opportunity, he joins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor with grounds for his wife’s horses and plans to build a stable. However, plans for a lucrative new beginning start to unravel, and the couple must face unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.
“The Nest,” which is rated R for language, some sexuality, nudity and teen partying, shows through Oct. 1 at the Ross.
Also showing is “Yes, God, Yes.”
Set in the early 2000s, the film features Alice, a Catholic teenager who discovers self-pleasure after an innocent AOL chat turns racy. The 16-year-old Midwestern girl struggles to suppress her new urges and believes she faces eternal damnation.
Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat, where her urges reverberate to new levels after a cute upperclassman starts flirting with her. Alice’s sense of shame is spiraling when she uncovers a shocking truth about the retreat’s most devout.
Desperate and confused, she flees the retreat and meets an unlikely ally who offers an alternative view of what it means to be a good person.
“Yes, God, Yes,” which is rated R for sexual content and some nudity, shows at the Ross through Oct. 1.