Carey Mulligan, as Jeanette in Wildlife, sitting in a red jumper and gazing past the camera

Still from Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano, 2018

Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star in actor Paul Dano’s anticipated directorial debut. Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry – a housewife and 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, Joe, 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.

“This handsomely made, meticulously acted period picture is an impressive directorial debut for Paul Dano” ★★★★ – The Guardian

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