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Wildlife (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 July 2018 (Lebanon)
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A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

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Paul Dano

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Paul Dano (screenplay by), Zoe Kazan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jerry Brinson
Carey Mulligan ... Jeanette Brinson
Ed Oxenbould ... Joe Brinson
Bill Camp ... Warren Miller
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Ruth-Ann
Cate Jones ... Bus Depot Customer
Blaine Maye ... Groom
JR Hatchett ... Firefigher / truckdriver
Travis W Bruyer ... Forester
Darryl Cox ... Clarence Snow
Mollie Milligan ... Esther
Sara Moore ... Student
Kaye Brownlee-France ... Grocery Store Customer
Lexi Anastasia ... Lady / 60's Girl
Laurie Cummings ... Wealthy Car Buyer
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A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including a sexual situation, brief strong language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2018 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

Wildlife See more »

Filming Locations:

Livingston, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,587, 21 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$969,151, 6 December 2018
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Trivia

Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal previously co-starred in Prisoners (2013) and Okja (2017). See more »

Quotes

Jerry Brinson: Boy, boy, boy! Boy!
[He laughs]
Jerry Brinson: Well, ain't this a wild life, son?
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Referenced in ITV Lunchtime News: Episode dated 11 May 2018 (2018) See more »

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Haunting portrait of family turmoil told through the eyes of a teenage son
10 November 2018 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

Paul Dano's directorial debut is a powerful achievement, one that lingers on. It's the portrayal of a teenage boy in 1950's Montana whose parents' marriage begins to crumble amid financial hardship and his mother's subsequent restlessness. It's an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel.

Ed Oxenbould is the teenage boy from whose vantage point the story is told. Carrie Mulligan portrays a mother who has no qualms about showing her true colors, as she meets an older, prosperous man. Jake Gyllenhaal is the hard-working father who has just seen his livelihood upended and finds himself at a crossroads. These three tremendous performances constitute the quiet but powerful life in this film, and keep the audience gripped to the very end. The potent screenplay adaptation is written by Dano and Zoe Kazan.

Dano shows the ability of a director who realizes the subtle power of understatement. That part of his craft is visible throughout the film and he clearly has an eye for conveying raw emotion without the use of any dialogue. The jarring spectacle of a family slowly disintegrating is seen through Oxenbould's innocent, anguished eyes. This is one of the best directorial debuts I've ever seen.

A quiet but powerful drama, this is a superior piece of cinema with incredible work all around. Highly recommended.


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