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 Flavien's first race, which officially puts him in the restricted world of jockeys. -- (C) Music Box Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Lads & Jockeys
"Lads & Jockeys" conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
After a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line.
Lads & Jockeys provides a reasonably compelling answer to a question many people might never have thought to ask: Where do jockeys come from?
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.
If you ever wondered how jockeys are trained, then this might be the film you were looking for.
Director Benjamin Marquet makes his documentary as much about his, and his archival, images as the sentiments audiences bring to them.
Sans sufficient insight, it feels incomplete and a tad underwhelming, but quite heartfelt and mildly engaging nonetheless.
Affecting but frustratingly terse documentary about horses and the boys who ride them.
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