Date February 13th, 2020
Name Wildlife (US 2018, 105 min.)
Director: Paul Dano
Cast: Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan a. o.
English with German subtitles
Entry, bar open: 19.15 h
Film starts: 20.00 h
Joe is a teenage boy who has moved to a small town in 1950s Montana with his parents. They are on the genteel middle-class poverty line, living from pay cheque to pay cheque, to no pay cheque at all. When Joe’s restlessly angry and unemployed dad leaves to take a low-paying job fighting wildfires up in the hills, it ambiguously signals the end of the marriage, and Joe is the intimate witness to his mother Jeanette’s private depression and her courage in facing up to her new life choices.
This handsomely made, meticulously acted period picture is an impressive directorial debut for Paul Dano – and a triumph for its production designer Akin McKenzie and cinematographer Diego García, who create some soberly beautiful tableaux of postwar American life. (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)