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LEAN ON PETE

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LEAN ON PETE

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (WEEKEND, 45 YEARS), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes LEAN ON PETE—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

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 spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, LEAN ON PETE is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family and acceptance that drives all of us.

“The maker of such intimate dramas as WEEKEND and 45 YEARS brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.” —Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

“It's not a film that has any truck with stereotypes or quick fixes, or one that's interested in giving its audience an easy ride. Mentors come and go and fail to live up to our hopes, authorities neglect to intervene. LEAN ON PETE is rich with realities; it shows how people can be both kind and chaotic, how a kid can fall through the cracks, and how someone can spiral out of control after a succession of misfortune.” —Emma Simmonds, The List

“[Charlie] Plummer’s performance is remarkably interior, bottled up behind his brimming wide eyes, and Haigh leaves enough space for the emotional weight of all that Charley is forced to process.” —Chloe Lizotte, Film Comment

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