Since its premiere at Sundance, Paul Dano’s Wildlife has received praise from critics and audiences alike. From Dano’s “acutely honed sense of style” to Carey Mulligan’s impeccable performance, the film is a sterling directorial debut for indie actor. Just yesterday, the New York Times listed Wildlife as a Critics Pick.
“Wildlife” is a domestic drama both sad and terrifying. The entire cast does exceptional work (Oxenbould is an exciting find), but the movie is anchored by Mulligan, who gives the best performance of any I’ve seen in film this year.
- Glenn Kenny
Based on the novel by Richard Ford, Wildlife stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould and Carey Mulligan. Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano co-wrote the screenplay. IFC Films is distributing in the US.
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14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—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.