Wild Life (France)
If there’s one certainty in this life, it’s that—despite their best efforts—your parents are going to fuck you right up.
That’s definitely the case in Wild Life, where a nonconformist, ponytailed neo-hippie goes on the lam with his two young kids after being told his visitation rights will be limited to birthdays and major holidays. Based on a true story, the poetically shot film has the family eluding police all over the French countryside, living sometimes in rundown-but-postcard-perfect farmhouses, sometimes under tarps in the woods. What starts out as an idyllic back-to-the-land adventure eventually becomes horribly complicated as the kids become teenagers, and their increasingly angry father learns that living off the grid can be grindingly lonely.
If your family made a complete mess of you, it’s nice to know that you’re anything but alone.
Saturday at the Cinematheque (December 5).