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.
Paul Dano is making his directorial debut with "Wildlife". He wrote the adapted screenplay with Zoe Kazan and is also a producer on the film. Dano is a critically acclaimed actor, and he has appeared in films such as "Love & Mercy", "Swiss Army Man", "Youth", "12 Years a Slave"," Prisoners"," Looper"," Ruby Sparks"," Being Flynn"," Where the Wild Things Are"," There Will Be Blood"," Little Miss Sunshine", and "The Ballad of Jack and Rose".