In suburban Montana, a father is carving a roast chicken at the dinner table. He’s sat next to his son, opposite his wife. It’s a classically quaint sight, emblematic of 1950s America but also a universal image of the wholesome family that has it all. They look happy. They are the Brinsons, the fascinating family at the centre of Wildlife. The film is actor Paul Dano’s directorial debut, itself an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel, co-written with actor, screenwriter and Dano’s real-life partner Zoe Kazan. A delicate labour of love, the film is softly focused on the details that make up the relationships with the people closest to us; the ones that keep us together, those that break us apart.
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