In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an aging bullfighter who's seen his best days in the arena; it's a collision that will change them both.

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Annie Silverstein
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Rob Morgan ... Abe
Amber Havard Amber Havard ... Kris
Yolonda Ross ... Sheila
Keira Bennett Keira Bennett ... Chance
Keeli Wheeler Keeli Wheeler ... Marjorie
Sara Allbright Sara Allbright ... Janis
Rachel McClure Rachel McClure ... Jessica
Reece McClure Reece McClure ... Daryl
Ashton Hughes Ashton Hughes ... Edgar
Karla Garbelotto ... Officer Diaz
Troy Anthony Hogan ... Mike
Tadarius Billy Miles Tadarius Billy Miles ... Darius
Roishaun Davenport Roishaun Davenport ... Roishaun
Jemaj Bailey Jemaj Bailey ... Devon
Steven Boyd Steven Boyd ... Billy
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In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, an aging bullfighter who's seen his best days in the arena; it's a collision that will change them both.

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An indie gem, small but powerful like its heroine.
11 May 2020 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Relationships are kind of like riding a bull. You hang on for dear life and sometimes you get a little buck here and there but you get back on." Katy Perry

With all the buzz about realty, it's a joy to see real "reality" in a heartening independent film about rural rodeo and rural poverty in Texas without feeling the least bit cheated that you wasted your streaming cash or that you didn't get a full measure of the toughness of riding bulls and the challenge of surviving outside the fences. As if riding a bull were not the most dangerous game in town! Surviving life is.

Fifteen-year old Kris (Amber Havard-a newbie with loads of understated talent) is a sweetheart of a daughter, whose mom is in prison. She's quiet but wanting to learn, especially from 40-something wrangler-neighbor Abe (Rob Morgan), a seasoned Black cowboy who saves riders from bulls in the ring after the cowboys fall: "How do you know when a rider's about to fall off," asks Kris. "When his head hits the ground," responds Abe. Now that's reality.

Although the speeches are short and the action except for the bulls is minimal, a casual feeling pervades of experiencing another kind of world, i.e., poverty and the rodeo, as well as a worthy teen making some bad decisions but riding toward good ones. That she may someday ride a bull or bucking bronco may be inevitable-she's that smart, determined, and able.

Meanwhile enjoy being with her in her low-key world, where even poverty can't put a good girl down. It's a world writer-director Annie Silverstein and writer-husband Johnny McAllister give us in quiet, honest tones (the sound track's country tunes are perfect). Immersing us in other worlds is what movies do. These days streaming VOD like this is a gift and a virus-balm for us extraverts and for exploring introverts.

Reality check: After being caught early on with friends invading Abe's home, Kris implores the cops: "Can't you just take me to juvie?"


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1 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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