The Rider (15)

Director Chloé Zhao. Drama/Western

One of the unheralded hits of last year’s Borderlines Film Festival, this touching portrayal of fragile masculinity displays an uncommon sensitivity, and heart-breaking performances from non-actors. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a rodeo cowboy is left unable to compete and so struggles to start over. Meticulous, thoughtful, beautifully realised and visually resplendent this really gets under the skin of its central character creating an honest slice of American life. Brilliantly capturing the bond between man, horse and the land, you can almost smell the dust of the South Dakota plain in this stark, beautiful elegy to a fast-disappearing way of life.

Starring Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

A thoughtful film that blends the boundary of fact and fiction. The mid-west accents are hard to understand at time so consider using subtitles

The film was well received despite the swearing and mumbling. I thought about it later and liked it much more the following day