Paul Dano’s much-acclaimed directorial debut is a happy-sad coming-of-age drama about a family that is falling apart. Montana in the later 1950s: Joe and his parents live in a modest, rented bungalow. The 14-year old admires his father Jerry, who works at the local golf club. When Jerry is fired, the balance of power in the family changes. Joe’s mother, a swimming instructor, is now responsible for keeping the family afloat. But Jerry can’t deal with his new, secondary role. He takes on a badly paid job fighting fires in the neighbouring hills, which fuels the conflict at home. Joe can only watch helplessly as his family seems set to self-destruct.
PAUL DANO (*1984) became known as an actor in the Oscar-winning films Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and There Will Be Blood (2007). Wildlife had its premiere at Sundance and was also shown in Cannes.
OV with German subtitles
Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, nach dem Roman von Richard Ford
Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Camp, Ed Oxenbould
Alex Saks, Paul Dano, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker
Matthew Hannam, Lousie Ford
June Pictures; Nine Stories Productions; Sight Unseen Pictures