Fourteen-year-old Joe, is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry —a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, 'Wildlife' commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage.
Paul Dano is a director to watch, and the performances are excellent. This isn’t a film that tries to make much noise, but it beats with a heart that is clear and strong, and leaves you deeply moved.