Lean on Pete
A poignant and hypnotic journey through Midwest America, writer/director Andrew Haigh (45 Years), tells the story of the bond between a neglected boy and an aging racehorse.
15-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer, winning Venice’s Young Actor award) and his unpredictable single father Ray (Australia's Travis Fimmel) move often and settle rarely. But Charley’s solitary existence finds purpose and a family unit when he begins work as an extra hand on low-purse racetracks alongside trainer Del (Steve Buscemi) and jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), bonding with Lean On Pete, an ageing racehorse whose wins are becoming fewer.
When Del announces Pete will be sold to an uncertain fate, the burden becomes too great for Charley to bear and he heads out into the vast American wilderness with Pete in tow.
Adapting the novel by Willy Vlautin, with edges of Steinbeck and Salinger, Haigh blends American mythos with modern hardship in a tender take on the boy-and-his-horse story, as the two search in hope of reaching safety.
"A compassionately observed story told with unimpeachable naturalism … propelled by a remarkable performance from Charlie Plummer that’s both internalised and emotionally raw." – The Hollywood Reporter