The Rider (2018)

Chloé Zhao directs Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau and Lilly Jandreau in this tale of a rodeo rider with a head injury struggling to find his place in the world now he can no longer ride the horses he loves and is an expert with.

A fine small movie casting people actually in this situation in reality to play out a fictional account of their hardships. You feel the small triumphs and grinding stumbles of Brady’s new life. Zhao rather sensitively explores the macho attitudes of the sub-culture, one that struggles to understand failure and limitations as being human. Often capturing the beauty of the rusty, dusty landscape and the hardships but not a production that you would need to revisit after enjoying the once.

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