Copyright Scott Patrick Green – courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
Lean on Pete
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.”
Contessanally – The moving story of a good kid, a horse and his grief 7/10
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