Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

Lean on Pete

24 Nov 6:30 pm: Lean on Pete

Director: Andrew Haigh

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Andrew Haigh turns to the American West for this, his fourth feature, yet loses none of the nuance or specificity of place previously demonstrated in modern British classics Weekend or 45 Years.

Raised by a neglectful father and rarely staying in the same town for more than a year, Charley becomes fiercely attached to the stability, routine and care he finds at the stables run by the cantankerous Del (a surprisingly subtle turn by Steve Buscemi). His attachment is specifically focused on old horse, Lean on Pete.

Eventually betrayed by the adults surrounding them, boy and horse embark on an epic cross-country journey, allowing Haigh to explore themes of stasis, movement and companionship against the luminous backdrop of the American desert. Equally tough and sensitive, Lean on Pete (adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel) is a magnificent exploration of the relationship between man and beast and confirms Haigh as one of cinema’s great storytellers.

Starring: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn

Produced in: UK

Running time: 121 mins

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