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Mounting drama in Wildlife

Adaptation of novel stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in story of Montana family in search of all-American dream

09 November, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Carey Mulligan as Jeanette in Wildlife

Directed by Paul Dano
Certificate 12

RICHARD Ford (The Sports Writer, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land) has created some of the most intriguing novels on modern American life – making the minutiae of our times come alive.

Wildlife is an adaptation of his novel of the same name: starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, it tells the story of a family whose happiness seems to be built on shaky foundations.

Jerry (Gyllenhaal) and Jeanette (Mulligan) are the couple living in Montana. Jerry is a flighty soul, moving from one place to another as he seeks a job that will satisfy his urges for an all-American life as seen on TV.

When a wildfire flashes across the mountains near his home, he sees a way of finding a form of redemption and heads to help.

Meanwhile, at home, his wife finds the going tougher and tougher – and we watch the fall-out through the eyes of their son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould).

Mulligan, as ever, hits the target, and the Montana landscape provides a strong backdrop for the drama to unfold.


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