Based on the acclaimed Willy Vlautin novel, Lean On Pete is the story of Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer), a young man on the brink of adulthood who lacks a mother and lives with his feckless father (Travis Fimmel).
In the wake of a crisis he moves out and flees, hooking up with a grumpy horse trainer named Del (Steve Buscemi), who needs a helper. The sole source of joy in Charley’s life is Lean on Pete (or Pete for short), one of Del’s horses, who is nearing the end of his racing days, and the film, with great poignancy and subtlety, measures the deepening bond between the horse and the boy.
Highly praised throughout the media, Mark Kermode called it “terrifically moving” in The Observer and Little White Lies called it “beautifully crafted” with special mention for Plummer’s star quality.
Dir: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi
11 July 2018
11:30AM & 7:30PM
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