The Rider(2017)

Directors : Chloé Zhao

Synopsis :

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo – the essentials of being a cowboy. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Our View :

One of the strongest, honest and moving pictures of 2018. It's not the western most are expecting. The Rider has a wisdom all its own, and manages to pass along Brady's burden, and we're okay with it. We can't help but escape into the plains of South Dakota and share his painful, yet inspirational, ride.

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