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Actor Paul Dano's directing debut stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in a melancholy '60s-set domestic drama nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Golden Camera at Cannes.

"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." (Sundance Film Festival)


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Drama, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Offensive language


Hollywood Reporter


Actor Paul Dano has made a small gem in Wildlife, his first film as a director.

The Guardian (Jordan Hoffan)


There are no shortage of laughs in Wildlife, but this is a fundamentally melancholy picture. It's also an assured first film from an actor who will hopefully continue to direct.

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)


Dano has given us a satisfying drama of damaged lives.

The Telegraph (UK)


Neat and tidy as the film might be - perhaps the "wild" in that title is leading us unhelpfully astray - it gets full marks for sustaining an aura.

Total Film (UK)


A quietly devastating coming of age movie dipped in poison.

Variety (USA)


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.



This is a superb film.