Aaron Eckhart delivers a heartbreaking and ennervating performance in Wander, a thriller directed by April Mullen which simply floored me. Mullen’s visceral and bracing visual approach had me on board with Wander from the jump, and during our interview she talked about crafting the film’s narrative landscape. Our chat is available below on video and podcast form!!
Wander centers on Arthur Bretnik (Aaron Eckart), a private investigator and podcaster embarks on an investigation that, if solved, may shed light on the mysterious death of his daughter. Jimmy Cleats (Tommy Lee Jones) is Arthur’s colleague who also believes that the proverbial truth is out there, and Heather Graham co-stars as Arthur’s understandably concerned confidante Shelley.
During the talk, director April Mullen talked about how she and writer Tim Doiron love taking “big swings” with their films, and Wander flourishes in that risk taking. “I really tried to come up with a film language that didn’t get too much in the way with you investing in Arthur but also was something cinematically new and refreshing and hopefully enertaining at the same time,” said Mullen. “Visually, I’m obsessed with detail. My binder is always very full and thick and I love working the cinematographer. Lighting is everything to me, including whatever you see in the frame.”
Check out the interview with Mullen on YouTube (and show breakdown is also included).
Audio Version is featured on the Flick City subfeed of CinemAddicts:
Full interview with Mullen is available for members of our CinemAddicts Patreon. We also discussed the ending of Wander, and that spoiler talk will also be available this weekend for our Patreon backers!
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