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Lean on Pete

  • Directed by Andrew Haigh
  • United Kingdom, 2018, 121 mins. , English

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) wants some stability: a home, food on the table, and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. But stability is hard to find living with his itinerant single father (Travis Fimmel) who works in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest. Hoping for a new start, they move to Portland, where Charley takes a summer job with a washed-up horse trainer (Steve Buscemi), and befriends an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete, ridden by the hard-nosed Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny). Based on Willy Vlautin’s novel and filmed in Burns and Portland, Lean on Pete chronicles a harsh coming of age in the American West and finding connection where one can. (121 mins.)

Filmography: 45 Years (2015), Weekend (2011)

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, IndieWire, Cinema Scope

Genres: Adventure, Drama