With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »
Jashaun St. John,
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
Brady Blackburn, a rodeo bronc rider with some renown, learned everything he knows about horses and riding from his parents, Wayne and the now deceased Mari Blackburn. Brady is recovering from a fall off a bronking horse in a rodeo, the most serious of the injuries being a skull fracture which required a metal plate being inserted into his head. Including checking himself out of the hospital earlier than advised, Brady is determined to get back up onto the literal and proverbial horse as quickly as possible as being a cowboy is all he knows. But deep in his heart he knows that returning to the rodeo in particular is something that is probably not in the cards without increased risks, which is eventually confirmed by his doctor who tells him that he cannot sustain another serious head injury without some major consequence. He does not even want his friends and family to treat him with kid gloves in being able to do any of those physical activities which are part and parcel for him of ...Written by
This film by director, Zhoa is a remarkable attempt in giving an emotional depth to the rural American cultural landscape by displaying social class. Its centers the story on an young working class man trying to get a grip on his "manhood" via a surrogate "family" of diverse characters (not to be picky, but some of the acting was little off/over the top). The film's strength is the juxtaposed imagery belonging both to the "serene" rural landscape and the "hyper-masculine" subculture of rodeo. It explores visually the "rites of passage" for young rodeo riders, held steadily by the newly found acting talents of Brady Jandreau. Although many reviews are labeling this filmwork as "docudrama" I feel that it follows the cinematic traditions of Italian "neo-realism" and South American "hunger aesthetics" founded by noted filmmakers such as Walter Salles.
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