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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 Flavien's first race, which officially puts him in the restricted world of jockeys. -- (C) Music Box Films

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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

December 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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After a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line.

December 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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…
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 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Director Benjamin Marquet makes his documentary as much about his, and his archival, images as the sentiments audiences bring to them.

December 3, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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