The Mustang

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The Mustang finds fresh perspectives in a familiar redemption tale brought brilliantly to life by powerful performances from Bruce Dern and Matthias Schoenaerts.



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Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.

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It's Schoenaerts, one of this generation's finest actors, who makes "The Mustang" a moving look at human potential for redemption and rehabilitation.

Mar 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A testament to the worthy stories yet to be told about the healing, unbreakable bonds between tormented people and the misunderstood animals that come to their rescue.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I've been lucky enough to see equine therapy up close, and The Mustang brought the sensation back of having to slow down and breathe with a horse and in the process leave yourself behind.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Her film is about a relationship forged in a give-and-take that treats beast and human as emotional equals.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…
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You can't help but be swept up by the sincerity here -- that and the sight of a hard man softening to a sympathetic nuzzle.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's story of a troubled convict (an incendiary, indelible Matthias Schoenaerts) bonding with a wild mustang is a striking debut. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it'll knock you for a loop.

Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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