• 2018
  • US
  • Directed by: Paul Dano
  • Cast: Ed Oxenbould, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • UK release: 9 November 2018

In Montana in 1960, Joe (Oxenbould) watches his parents’ marriage dissolve after they run into money troubles. Dano’s debut as a director is an impressive adaptation (co-written with Zoe Kazan) of Richard Ford’s novel, with a fiery and mesmerising performance from Mulligan as a woman on the edge. Haunting and elegantly done.

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Hull Independent Cinema: Wildlife Paul Dano | 2018 | USA | Cert 12A | 104 mins Sensitive 16-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 to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother embark on her own adventure, as she transgresses into an affair with an older man. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp Nominee - Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival; Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival; Toronto Intl Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival Official Selections ´´ It´s striking to see such a proven actress (like Carey Mulligan) deliver what´s so clearly the best work of her career, but it´s unsurprising that (Paul) Dano knows what to do with his cast. ´´ - David Ehrlich, Indiewire ´´ Dano, it´s immediately clear, is a natural-born filmmaker, with an eye for elegant spare compositions that refrain from being too showy; they rarely get in the way of the story he´s telling. ´´ - Owen Gleiberman, Variety WILDLIFE has been rated 12A by the BBFC. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

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