Wildlife

Nominee
Golden Camera
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival
The whole of the film is a potent collaboration in every respect, and a remarkable directorial debut.

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Wildlife

IFC Films presents WILDLIFE, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (THE BIG SICK). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (MUDBOUND, AN EDUCATION) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, WILDLIFE commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was also screened as the opening night film in La Semaine de la Critique at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Genre
Drama, Women and Film
Runtime
104
Language
English
Director
Paul Dano
Producer
Alex Saks, Paul Dano, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Maker
Writer(s)
Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Ex Oxenbould, Zoe Margaret Colletti
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Alan Scherstuhl, L.A. Weekly

“Tomorrow something will happen to make things feel different,” a character declares early in the incisive domestic drama 'Wildlife,' the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano. Things suddenly becoming different is the promise of most contemporary movies, where the drabness of everyday life is ...

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