• Wildlife (2018)


Release Date: October 19th, 2018

PG-13 |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

Fourteen-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.

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Travis W. Bruyer, Darryl Cox, Mollie Milligan

Director: Paul Dano

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Sight Unseen Pictures, Nine Stories Productions

Keywords: Marriage, Mother, Emotional, Car, Love, Growing up, 1960s, Family, Small town, Friend, Quest, House, Tense, School

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Inkoo KangSlate

    Wildlife is a confident and compassionate first film. But with its protagonist mostly relegated to waiting and observing, its main raison d’être is Mulligan’s masterful turn as a thirtysomething woman coldly testing her abilities to see what she’s capable of, while terrified that she won’t be able to provide a good life for her son. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    As a director, Dano prefers static camera setups and uncluttered frames, emphasising the mundane nature of the drama, which only allows the increasing darkness of this tale to become more upsetting. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The script dares to go deep and confront what is going on in the hearts and minds of all three family members, but it does so articulately and without hysteria. show more

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