About the film
Release Date: Nov 1, 2018
Director: Paul Dano
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed OxenbouldCarey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Australia’s Ed Oxenbould star in the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano, an intelligent and empathetic adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a teen dealing with his family falling apart in 1960s Montana.
Joe is 14 years old, a quiet and observant teen. His parents – mother Jeanette, fumbling with the expanding female world of 1960s America; and Jerry, struggling with what it means to be a man who can’t hold down a job or support his family – are drifting apart and when his dad leaves to fight a nearby wildfire, it’s the last straw. As Jeanette starts exploring her options outside of just being a wife and mother, Joe is forced into the awkward position of being both voyeur of and participant in his mother’s new life.
Paul Dano co-wrote the script with Zoe Kazan, and their sensitive, emotionally resonant adaptation of the source material makes for an elegantly refined film.
A major coming-of-age offscreen as well as on for Oxenbould, WILDLIFE is a bittersweet and elegant debut. A hit at Sundance and Cannes, it’s buoyed by exquisite cinematography from Diego Garcia (Neon Bull, Cemetery of Splendour) and a fine-tuned attention to period detail that underscores its exceptional performances.
Paul Dano’s directorial debut is a thing of beauty." – IndieWire