Paul Dano (2018)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould Rated 12A Run time 104 mins

A small masterpiece which is unrelentingly painful and grim. Outstanding performances, delicate direction and impressive photography contribute to a profound and moving account of a marriage falling apart and its impact on all concerned. Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry – a housewife and a golf pro – living a seemingly idyllic life in 1960s Montana. His family’s carefully constructed façade is about to come crashing spectacularly down however, when Jerry loses his job and his sense of purpose.

94% – Rotten Tomatoes
6.9/10 – IMDB

“The cumulative effect of Dano’s writing and directing, Gyllenhaal and Mulligan’s acting and Diego García’s camera work is a beautifully tragic account of a family in demise, three people tied by relations who, in the end, don’t know each other at all.”

“A slow-burning, but searing portrait of a family and marriage in crisis.”

Review: Director Paul Dano luxuriously evokes small town woes – The Guardian

Review: Carey Mulligan is deft in Paul Dano’s beautifully melancholic directorial debut – The Telegraph