Friday, September 01, 2017

#Venezia74 – Film Festival 2017 - Lean on Pete – Andrew Haigh

  Copyright Scott Patrick Green – courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Lean on Pete
Andrew Haigh
Based on the story by Willy Vlautin, Andrew Haigh’s Lean On Pete, with Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon, where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

  Copyright Agatha A.nitecka - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin is a wonderfully humane novel. It is a story of a kid that refuses to lose hope or heart despite the harsh realities of his world. I found it immensely moving, tender and yet never sentimental. I wanted the film to have the same sense of purity.”
Andrew Haigh

Contessanally – The moving story of a good kid, a horse and his grief 7/10

  #Venice74 - Palazzo del Cinema
Paolo Baratta
President La Biennale di Venezia 

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