A meticulously crafted portrait of the American nuclear family in crisis charts the rift that forms within a 1960s Montana household when the father and breadwinner abruptly departs to fight the forest fires raging nearby, leaving his restless wife and teenage son to pick up the pieces. A deeply human look at a woman's wayward journey toward self-fulfillment in the pre-women's liberation era and a sensitively observed, child's eye coming-of-age tale.
Families -- Montana -- Drama.
Forest fires -- Prevention and control -- Drama.
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Gyllenhaal, Jake, 1980- actor.
Kazan, Zoe, 1983- screenwriter.
Mulligan, Carey, 1985- actor.
Oxenbould, Ed, 2001- actor.