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Wildlife (2018)

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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

Complete credited cast:
Ed Oxenbould ... Joe Brinson
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jerry Brinson
Carey Mulligan ... Jeanette Brinson
Travis W Bruyer ... Forester (as Travis Bruyer)
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Ruth-Ann
Tom Huston Orr Tom Huston Orr ... Mr. Cartwright
Bill Camp ... Warren Miller
Darryl Cox ... Clarence Snow
Ginger Gilmartin ... Receptionist
Michael Gibbons ... Coach
Mollie Milligan ... Esther
John Walpole ... Photographer
J. Alan Davidson ... Teacher
Jennifer Rogers ... Female Employee
Richard L. Olsen ... Older Policeman (as Richard Olson)
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including a sexual situation, brief strong language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2019 (USA) 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:

$1,028,993, 15 January 2019
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1.85 : 1
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Paul Dano said it was tempting to use voiceover in the movie, but the filmmakers chose to set a challenge for themselves and do it without. Thereby putting all of their effort into telling the story through the experience of the boy. See more »

Quotes

Jeanette Brinson: Calm that experience. That's what my mother used to call it when my father would roar in drunk.
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Wildlife (2018)
21 October 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

This happened to be one of my most hyped films of the year. I am a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan so I knew I had to check this out as soon as earthly possible. Had the pleasure of attending a screening of this film at the IFC Center with directer Paul Dano and co-wwriter Zoe Kazan present for a Q & A. The film is beautiful to look at with rich cinematography, has a number of strong performances with a fantastic one from Carey Mulligan, and shows that Dano and Kazan have the talent to get behind the camera and bring a quality piece of work.

The film shows a family in 1960's Montana and how life changing events cause their family to fall apart. After the father is fired, he decides to take a job putting out wildfires which causes him to leave the home for an extended period of time. During this time his wife struggles trying to hold her family together by doing whats best for them but she also questions if she even loves her husband. All this while, their teenage son has to watch his parents drift apart silently. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, and Bill Camp.

As mentioned earlier the cinematography and especially the scenery in this film are gorgeous. Lush, rich and a perfect description for a simpler quieter time in 60's Montana. The film gets quite uncomfortable as you start wondering about the state of mind Jeanette Brinson (Mulligan) and what she gets herself into. You are basically like the teenage son Joe (Oxenbould). You see things from his lenses, feel exactly what he is feeling, and can't look away much like him. Its a startling tale but one that depicts a perfect looking family where it is anything but.

Carey Mulligan is one of the best actresses out there today, that's not even a debate. She's had so many great performances that I don't even know which is her best. This is definitely up there though. It's such an introspective look into the lives of a family where things are just beyond repair. I'm very impressed by Dano and Kazan. Both are talented on the camera but wow they were able to engineer something so wonderful behind the camera. I'm definitely intrigued to see if the duo decide to continue with film-making an writing.

8/10


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