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Vladimir de Fontenay
Callum Keith Rennie
The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.
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Powerful and moving coming of age / contemporary western
Can't add much to the comprehensive and excellent reviews here but things I enjoyed about this movie were:
Charlie Plummer holds the entire film and conveys a vulnerability, naivete which carries you along throughout. I genuinely had no idea where the movie was going and was enthralled throughout the two hour run time. This young man has serious star quality, he conveys a range of complex emotions through facial expressions, body language that pulls you in to his interior world and has you empathising with him. If you're at all sensitive to films, you'll likely need some kleenex while you're watching.
I loved the setting, the pacific north west, American rural underclass. People are shaped by their environment, the film is humane and non judgemental towards people whose character, whose choices and opportunities in life are determined and constrained by their circumstances. This is a movie for all those who've been left behind, forgotten about.
There's no incidental music, for me the sign of a superb film. I don't need an intrusive, corny music score coming in at crucial moments to remind me what to think and feel.
Like I say, can't add much to what's already said but I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing film, a piece of quality drama.
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