Introverted teenager Charley (Charlie Plummer) has little security; his mother has disappeared, his young father has enough trouble keeping his own life on the rails. No wonder Charley grasps the opportunity to stand on his own two feet.

He gets a job working for grumpy horse trainer Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi at his grubbiest). With him and the jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), he travels to horse races in dusty towns, with the grand American landscape as backdrop. Charley finds an unexpected soulmate in the horse 'Lean on Pete', but when it’s threatened with a trip to the glue factory, the boy faces an adult choice for the first time in his life.

Just as in his films Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh balances on the edge between melancholy and optimism in this film version of Willy Vlautin's novel. He sees the world through Charley's youthful and innocent eyes, without losing sight of the painful tragedy of the lives of Del and Bonnie.

 
Filmmaker
Andrew Haigh
Country
USA, United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
119’
Language
English
Producer
Tristan Goligher
Production Company
The Bureau
Sales
The Bureau
Writer
Andrew Haigh
Cinematography
Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Editor
Jonathan Alberts
Production Design
Ryan Warren Smith
Sound Design
Joakim Sundström
Music
James Edward Barker
Cast
Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Charlie Plummer, Steve Zahn, Justin Rain, Lewis Pullman
Website
http://www.andrewhaighfilm.com