CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould DIRECTOR: Paul Dano
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. Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford's novel of the same name.
Actor Paul Dano's directorial debut... is a complex, deep dive into the psyche of a broken family in an era where the veneer of happiness is prized above all.Anne Cohen, Refinery29
Impeccably acted, brilliantly written, confidently directed, and full of quiet desperation, it's rather magnificent.Joey Magidson, Hollywood News