• Lean On Pete

    Directed by Andrew Haigh
    US/UK | 119 minutes | World Cinema Now

Writer/director Andrew Haigh (45 Years, PSIFF 2016) brings his exquisite eye for life on the margins and an unfailing instinct for emotional honesty to the story of a teenager alone in the world who finds companionship and redemption in an aging quarter-horse, Lean on Pete.


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film synopsis

Director Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years, PSIFF 2016) has an exquisite eye for life on the margins, and an unfailing instinct for emotional honesty. His latest drama, adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel, sustains his beautiful naturalistic style and emotional depth. Teenage Charley’s (Charlie Plummer) mom left when he was little; his feckless, womanizing dad has no talent for parenting. Essentially orphaned, he finds what passes for a temporary family at the local Portland racetrack, where Del (Steve Buscemi), a shady trainer, offers him a job. And that’s where he falls in love with the aging quarter-horse Lean on Pete. The horse’s jockey (Chloë Sevigny) warns him not to get too attached: Del’s horses end up at the glue factory when they’ve passed their prime. Desperate to save Pete—and himself—Charley concocts a reckless scheme, and sets off with his horse on a perilous journey across the West.

film details

Country: US/UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 119 minutes
Language: English
Awards: Best Young Actor or Actress (Charlie Plummer), Venice Film Festival
Director: Andrew Haigh
Producers: Tristan Goligher
Principal Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel
Cinematographers: Magnus Joenck
Editor: Jonathan Alberts
Music: James Edward Barker
Screenwriter: Andrew Haigh

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