Certificate 12A

(2018) 105 mins

Director: Paul Dano
Writers: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Cinematography: Diego García
Production Design: Akin McKenzie
Music: David Lang



14-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) is the only child of Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) – 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.  From the official website

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“This is an accomplished, moving piece of filmmaking, one that cares about its characters and trusts its performers. It comes from a relatively old school of dramatic storytelling but connects emotionally because of Dano’s tender, confident work and what he’s able to draw from two of the best performers of their generation.”  rogerebert.com

“Feeling trapped, going places, struggling for survival and retaining dignity are the marrow of Paul Dano’s impressive, devastatingly piercing directorial début, which he adapted together with Zoe Kazan from Richard Ford’s novel.”  Eye for Film

“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.”  The Guardian

Fri 10 May Penallt




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