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Lean on Pete

Charley (Charlie Plummer), a 15-year-old boy looking for a summer job, ends up meeting Del (Steve Buscemi), a grizzled horseman kicking around the small-time circuit, training and racing quarter horses with his partner Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a jockey. In no time Charley discovers a genuine love for the animals and grows particularly attached to a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. But when he discovers that Pete has reached the end of his racing days and is due to be disposed of, Charley steals the horse and winds up on an adventure he never expected. Director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) delivers a modern-day western that is more than just the story of a boy and his horse. Lean on Pete is a dust-stained window into the serious nature of below-the-poverty-line wage earners and homelessness in America. With incredible turns from indie veterans Buscemi and Sevigny, and a brilliant and heartrending performance from Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer, the film is an enduring character study and a reminder that everyone and everything deserves love.

UK, 2017, 121 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Andrew Haigh

  • “In the hands of British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, this tale of a troubled teen (an extraordinary Charlie Plummer) bonding with a horse becomes a heartbreaking look at a marginalized America. (It) grips you with such scrappy humor and no-bull grit and grace that you'll be hooked.”

    – Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
  • "Lean on Pete" is a small gem that covers a vast amount of territory.”

    – David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
  • “A tender and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama.”

    – Jake Coyle, ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • “A very fine movie that I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it.”

    – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • “Flows with such gentle beauty that it may be hard to grasp precisely what it's about or where it's going. But the power of this sublime drama is that it can support myriad interpretations while remaining teasingly mysterious.”

    – Tim Grierson, PASTE MAGAZINE
  • “Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game.”

    – Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM
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