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Film Club – ”Wildlife” 24th April 8pm
April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Director: Paul Dano
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould
104 mins , USA, 2017, 12A
Short synopsis (less than 60 words)
Jerry and Jeanette Brinson, a seemingly happily married couple, have recently moved to Montana with their teenage son Joe. When Jerry loses his job, he ignores his wife’s objections and takes another job fighting dangerous wildfires. It prompts Jeanette to re-examine her own lot in life, making some dramatic decisions to reclaim her independence. Joe watches on as the life he knew falls apart.
short synopsis (less than 120 words)
Jerry and Jeanette Brinson, a seemingly happily married couple, have recently moved to Montana with their teenage son Joe. Everything changes when Jerry loses his job. Frustrated and rudderless, he ignores his wife’s objections and takes a job fighting dangerous wildfires. With Jerry away, Jeanette chooses to re-examine her own lot in life, making some dramatic decisions to reclaim her independence. A bewildered Joe watches on as the life he knew falls apart.
Paul Dano makes the transition from acting to the director’s chair with extraordinary confidence. Adapted from Richard Ford’s novel, Wildlife is a vivid study of the cracks that appear in one American family’s comfortable, normal life. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal both offer up remarkable performances in this devastating film.
Sundance Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
London Film Festival 2018
Precise, controlled and emotionally acute
-Todd McCarthy, the Hollywood Reporter
It is one of the best roles and best performances of her (Mulligans)career – giving her a chance to display maturity, wit, savvy and the emotional battle scars of life, and taking her away from the rather girlish image in which she has often been confined.
-Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian
An affecting coming-of-age drama based on a superb book and directed by an exceptional actor in his directorial debut.
-Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal