Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Young Performer
Venice Film Festival
A very fine movie that I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it.
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Lean on Pete

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to save his new friend's life.

Played at

Claremont 5, 4.27.18 - 5.03.18
Monica Film Center, 4.27.18 - 5.03.18
Town Center 5, 4.27.18 - 5.03.18
Playhouse 7, 4.20.18 - 5.03.18
Rated R
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Runtime: 121 min
Language: English

  • Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
  • Winner, Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Young Performer, Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Since it’s about a boy and a horse, Andrew Haigh’s 'Lean on Pete' might at first lull you into a sort of audience complacency. The boy’s broke, his dad’s laid up, and his equine pal Lean on Pete — a low-rent racing quarter horse — is starting to li...