15 March 2013 2:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris -- Part inspirational sports movie, part bromance between a guy and his prize-winning horse, the French equestrian drama Jappeloup manages to clear several, though not all, of the hurdles of your typical against-all-odds athletics flick, offering up a rather classic mix of stunts and sentiment before galloping ahead to its stirring equine finale. Written by and starring Guillaume Canet (Tell No One, the upcoming Blood Ties), this polished period drama from Quebecois director Christian Duguay (The Art of War) indulges in a tad too much slow-motion and schmaltz, but otherwise provides a diverting, at times engaging

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