The directorial debut of actor Paul Dano reveals a filmmaking talent of remarkable intelligence and restraint. Adapted by Dano and Zoe Kazan from the novel by Richard Ford, this meticulously crafted portrait of the American nuclear family in crisis charts the rift that forms within a 1960s Montana household when the father and breadwinner (Jake Gyllenhaal) abruptly departs to fight the forest fires raging nearby, leaving his restless wife (Carey Mulligan, in a performance of fearless emotional honesty) and teenage son (Ed Oxenbould) to pick up the pieces. A deeply human look at a womanâs wayward journey toward self-fulfillment in the pre-womenâs-liberation era and a sensitively observed, childâs-eye coming-of-age tale, Wildlife poignantly illuminates the complex ways in which families function, fall apart, and find their way.
New interviews with director Paul Dano, screenwriter Zoe Kazan, actors Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, cinematographer Diego GarcÃa, production designer Akin McKenzie, and costume designer Amanda Ford
New conversation on the filmâs postproduction with Paul Dano, editor Matthew Hannam, and composer David Lang
Film at Lincoln Center conversation from 2018 between Paul Dano and novelist Richard Ford about the filmâs source material