Wildlife 15

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DIRECTOR Paul Dano
CAST Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp

Carey Mulligan delivers a career-best performance in this elegant and beautifully composed portrait of a family in crisis.

Paul Dano’s striking directorial debut follows in the tradition of films like Revolutionary Road, exploring the cost and meaning of the American dream. In 1960s Montana, 14-year-old Joe experiences the gradual breakdown of his parents’ marriage after his father loses his job and his mother meets someone new. Meticulously shot with authentic period design, this is an evocative and emotional portrait of familial turmoil, featuring a standout performance from Carey Mulligan.
(2018 USA 105 mins)

This is an accomplished, moving piece of filmmaking, one that cares about its characters and trusts its performers. It comes from a relatively old school of dramatic storytelling but connects emotionally because of Dano’s tender, confident work and what he’s able to draw from two of the best performers of their generation … How many times have we seen the supposed “decay of the American dream” in a way that felt more statement-making than character-driven? There’s a lot to unpack in “Wildlife” about how the world was changing in the ‘60s, particularly in its gender roles, but Dano and Kazan always make sure to keep character in the foreground instead of theme.  Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex references and infrequent strong language
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