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A boy and a horse go on a contemplative trip through America's backwater in Lean on Pete; festival showings have earned critical praise.

A boy and a horse go on a contemplative trip through America’s backwater in Lean on Pete.

With his latest project, writer/director Andrew Haigh takes on the acclaimed book of the same name, and while his past work hasn’t prepped him for equestrian filmmaking, he’s certainly proven that he can handle slow, melancholic character studies. 45 Years and Weekend are both delicate films, and Haigh’s success with each makes me think Lean on Pete will be a quiet gem.


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The project certainly attracted a plethora of great character actors, with Steve BuscemiChloë SevignyAmy Seimetz, and Steve Zahn all appearing, but the weight of the film will fall on young Charlie Plummer. He’s not the titular character (that’s the horse), but he does play the boy trying to save the aging animal. Their journey means his character will have to reconcile with his tenuous place in the world, which brings up pretty heady themes for the young man to navigate.

Festival showings have earned critical praise, right in line with Haigh’s previous offerings. It’s strange to think about how little he’s talked about given the widespread acclaim for his films, so hopefully this horse can take him farther than he’s gone before.

Lean on Pete is directed by Andrew Haigh and stars Charlie PlummerSteve Buscemi, and Chloë Sevigny. It will be released in the U.K. on February 16th, 2018 and in the U.S. on March 30th, 2018. Further release dates are not currently known.

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Emily is a film addict, TV aficionado, and book lover. She's currently in training to become a crazy cat lady.

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