Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:05pm
Tivoli Theatre

With “Wildlife,” actor Paul Dano makes an impressive debut as a filmmaker and — with co-writer Zoe Kazan — elegantly adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Fourteen-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) is the only child of housewife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and golf pro Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) 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. Mulligan (“An Education”) delivers one of her finest performances as a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupt the values and expectations of the 1960s nuclear family. New York Magazine writes: “We’ve waited a long time for the major Carey Mulligan screen performance that had to be coming, and here it is, at last…. (Dano) gets everything that matters right. He gives his actors space so that the rhythms are their own, and they hold us through the tough final scenes and bittersweet ending. This is a superb film.”

104 min.

Directed by

Paul Dano



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Historical Drama

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