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Lads & Jockeys (2011)

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In a small village near Paris, 14-year-old boys and girls enter the training center for future lads and jockeys. For these young pupils, the transition between the family environment and this new world is brutal. Though sharing the world of teenagers - flirting, cell phones and PlayStation - they enter a world where the comfort of the horses comes before that of the human. This documentary film tells the story of Steve, Florian and Flavien during their first year of apprenticeship. It leads to

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

"Lads & Jockeys" conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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After a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Lads & Jockeys provides a reasonably compelling answer to a question many people might never have thought to ask: Where do jockeys come from?

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Marquet mingles black-and-white footage of students past with that of his current focus-three 14-year-olds in their first year of a jockey apprenticeship-to build a sense of specificity and continuum into a timeless passage.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If you ever wondered how jockeys are trained, then this might be the film you were looking for.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Director Benjamin Marquet makes his documentary as much about his, and his archival, images as the sentiments audiences bring to them.

December 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sans sufficient insight, it feels incomplete and a tad underwhelming, but quite heartfelt and mildly engaging nonetheless.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Affecting but frustratingly terse documentary about horses and the boys who ride them.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Horse racing addicts may enjoy the behind-the-scenes view of their favorite sport, but most viewers will probably be bored and confused.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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