Lean on Pete

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Cast: Char­lie Plum­mer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Se­vi­gny

Di­rec­tor An­drew Haigh has built a spe­cial­ity in craft­ing ten­derly af­fect­ing films around peo­ple in ro­man­tic part­ner­ships re­veal­ing their in­ner lives. His first film was Week­end, which brought to­gether two Lon­don­ers over a sin­gle week­end and built a cin­e­matic romance for the ages, while 45 Years in­verted that by hav­ing a mar­riage crum­ble af­ter the rev­e­la­tion of a decades-old se­cret. Haigh has had a change of pace, how­ever, with Lean on Pete. It’s a road movie, of sorts, about a teenage boy named Charley and a horse named Lean on Pete that is des­tined for the slaugh­ter­house. Steal­ing him in the mid­dle of the night from the Oregon sta­bles where he works, Charley and Pete cross paths with a num­ber of peo­ple on their jour­ney that teach Charley about life while also al­low­ing the Bri­tish film­maker to say things about Amer­ica. The film pre­miered at the Venice Film Festival and shows Haigh as a truly world-class di­rec­tor.

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