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On digital: Lean on Pete — sublime cinematography

On digital: Lean on Pete — sublime cinematography

July 07
01:25 2018

Directed by Andrew Haigh, 2018

Curzon Artificial Eye

“Listen, you can’t get attached to the horse,” jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) tells stable-hand Charley (Charlie Plummer). But 15-year-old Charley is too lonely and vulnerable to listen — and too stubborn and resourceful not to take drastic action when hard-nosed owner Del (Steve Buscemi) wants to send Lean on Pete to be slaughtered.

Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin, Andrew Haigh’s fourth feature (following Weekend and 45 Years) revels in the Oregon landscape, whether scuffed urban edgelands or the high desert that boy and horse traverse — there is some sublime cinematography here.

If the dialogue sometimes overdoes the gritty wisdom, it’s more than compensated for by Plummer’s superb performance and by Haigh’s compassionate regard for his teenage hero.


The Financial Times Limited 2018. All rights reserved.

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