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The Rider (2018)

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Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

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Zhao's film derives its power from the truth that both drives it and inspires it, and the final result is a wholly unique slice-of-life drama.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's difficult to describe the immense weight that descends upon you when you realize you're seeing real Indian reservation cowboys moving through a lightly fictionalized version of their lives.

October 5, 2017 | Full Review…

[Chloé] Zhao's artful look into the American West is a lightly brooding winner. Clearly this isn't her first time at the rodeo.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In telling the story of a disappearing slice of America, Zhao has created a portrait of resilience, and the bonds that last even after the rodeo's over.

May 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The Rider marries the majestic vistas of the greatest American westerns with a deeply interior story of a cowboy having to renegotiate his identity.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Movies that blend real life and fiction usually foreground the docu-style realism, using the poetry as grace notes or punctuation. Zhao privileges both, and in so doing creates a work of heartbreaking beauty.

May 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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