In the trying times of our current economy, Wildlife that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in lead roles, addresses issues of job loss and the strain it has on family life.
The film is set in 1960. Jeannette, played by Mulligan, and Jerry Brinson, Played by Gyllenhaal, have recently moved to Great Falls, Montana with their teenage son Joe, played by Ed Oxenbould. Tensions build after Jerry is fired from a job as a golf pro at a country club. He is offered his old job back but refuses out of pride, and instead of looking for work, he sleeps in his car and watches the local firefighting efforts against a forest fire raging in nearby mountains. To support the family as Jerry looks for a job, Jeannette takes a job as a swimming instructor, while Joe works at a local photography studio. One day, Jerry decides to take a low-paying job fighting the forest fire, which upsets Jeannette and worries Joe. Jeannette speaks openly about her strained marriage with Jerry to Joe, and the stress of the situation takes a minor toll on Joe's school life.
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