Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in Paul Dano’s directorial debut ‘Wildlife’

Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in Paul Dano’s directorial debut ‘Wildlife’
While “A Star is Born” is rightly being hailed as one of the best films of the year and one of the best directorial debuts ever, Bradley Cooper isn’t the only actor making his debut as a director this year. Paul Dano — an actor who has appeared in such acclaimed pictures such as “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), “There Will Be Blood” (2007), “Prisoners” (2013) and “12 Years Slave” (2013) — helmed his first film, “Wildlife,” this year. The IFC Films follows the story of a boy witnessing his parents’ marriage fall apart after his mother falls in love with another man.

Dano and his partner, actress Zoe Kazan adapted Richard Ford‘s novel. This labor of love stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as the parents and newcomer Ed Oxenbould as the boy. Critics praised this trio of talent for carrying the weight and emotional intensity of this intimate film. It merits an impressive score
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