Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Bill Camp, Darryl Cox
Drama directed and co-written by Paul Dano, in his directorial debut. Set in the 1960s in a small town in Montana, the story centers on a family Jeanette and Jerry Brinson (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal), a housewife and golf pro, and their teenage son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould).
When 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 and transgresses into an affair with an older man.
Joe Brinson: Mom, is dad okay?
Jeanette Brinson: Of course he is. His pride got hurt. That happens sometimes. He’s been out of work before, and he always finds his way.
Jeanette Brinson: If you’ve got a better plan for me tell me. I’ll try it. Maybe it’ll be better than this.
Jeanette Brinson: [to Joe] You know what they call trees in a forest fire? Fuel. Do you know what they call trees up when a fire goes by? They call them the standing dead.
Jerry Brinson: You don’t have to worry about anything, Joe.
Jerry Brinson: There comes a time when a man needs something more to hang his hat on.
Jerry Brinson: [to Joe] I got this hum inside my head. I need to do something about it. Do you understand?
Jeanette Brinson: I think your father has a woman out here.
Joe Brinson: He wouldn’t do that.
Jeanette Brinson: No? Why do you think men do things? They either go crazy or it’s a woman.
Joe Brinson: I don’t think that’s true.
Jeanette Brinson: People are drawn to things they shouldn’t be.
Jeanette Brinson: [to Joe] I used to dress like this all the time when I was younger. Well, it’s probably nice to know your parents were once not your parents.
Jerry Brinson: [to Joe] Does your mother do something that you wouldn’t like to have to tell me about?
Jeanette Brinson: I feel like I need to wake up.
Joe Brinson: Mom?
Joe Brinson: What’s going to happen to us?
Jeanette Brinson: I don’t know.
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