Swedish premiere/Siren competition
What to do when, on account of her last will and testament, your not particularly well-liked stepfather stands to inherit the family home once your ailing mother dies? According to brothers Terry and Jeff, drastic action is required: step dad Rodger needs to be taken out of the equation. But murder is a nasty business neither Terry or Jeff know much about. As they make bumbling preparations in the attempt of passing off Rodger’s murder as a suicide, a long-simmering sibling rivalry comes to a head and the best laid plans quickly begin to crumble.
Brothers’ Nest is a pitch-black delight that should appeal just as much to Coen brothers devotees as fans of Roald Dahl. Jaime Browne keeps the viewers transfixed and guessing with his smart screenplay that maintains an admirably composed balance of family tragedy, dark comedy and thriller. Helming his second feature while also assuming one of the leads, Clayton Jacobson (Jeff) directs both himself and his real-life brother Shane (Terry) to a powerful climax that is equal parts arresting and affecting.
“All of it is razor-sharp, darkly funny, and tense” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com