The drama tells the story of a talented businessman named Rory O'Hara (Jude Law) who went to America to conquer the heights of the stock market and establish his personal life. Now he has a beautiful wife Alison (Carrie Coon) and two children who do not see their parents – father disappears on the bourse, while mother gives riding lessons.
It is easy to guess that the American dream in this film does not come true either. The film is a kind of gradient – if at first we see a light house, sunny days and a more or less friendly family, the end shows up to us in mud, rain and typical British gray tones.
There's nothing supernatural in the film. It's about a wife losing any approach to her husband, their relationship disgusts each other, and children are afraid. Durkin does not reinvent the wheel, he just shows its glory. He shows a family that has no happy future and no hopes. Here is a skillful broker who goes bankrupt at the stock exchange and remains with nothing. The film is closer to reality, so it is not perceived as something cinematic. Which is quite in the director's style, even such a drama is not devoid of humor. In front of her husband's colleagues, Alison tells them that Rory feeds them a line about their wealth, and she herself works on the neighbors' farm just to support the family. The eldest daughter throws a party in the new estate and everything ends with the inscription "Damn Yankees" above the expensive fireplace. As you can understand, the humor here is not ordinary – it is cruel.