Lean On Pete
Proving himself to be one of the most gifted, insightful and versatile directors working today, Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Weekend) returns with Lean on Pete, a powerfully moving and deeply emotional story about a young boy’s search for belonging on the fringes of contemporary American society.
Fifteen-year-old Charley lives with his alcoholic father (Travis Fimmel) in a run-down house on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. In an effort to help his dad stay afloat, Charley takes a job at a local racetrack where he befriends jaded trainer Del (Steve Buscemi) and burnt-out jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) while caring for an aging horse named Lean on Pete. But as things break down at home and Del announces Pete will be sold to an uncertain fate, the burden becomes too great for Charley to bear and he heads out into the vast American wilderness with Pete in tow.
Featuring an incredible breakout performance by Charlie Plummer and shot in mesmerising style, Lean on Pete is a poignant, compassionate and heart-rending portrait of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity.
London Film Festival nominee: Best Film
Venice Film Festival Winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award : Best New Young Actor or Actress (Charlie Plummer)
“This is a compassionately observed story told with unimpeachable naturalism and without a grain of sentimentality, propelled by a remarkable performance from Charlie Plummer that’s both internalized and emotionally raw.” The Hollywood Reporter
“Each scene is so quietly compelling because Haigh doesn’t focus on cruelty, but helplessness. There’s a wistful quality to the storytelling which softens some of the sharper edges of tragedy and hardship in this undeniably affecting picture.” Screen International
“What is most striking about this feature is the sensitivity with which it is written and directed combined with newcomer Charlie Plummer’s brilliant performance. The camerawork is lovely and artful angles, expression shots, as well as stunning landscape scenes help express the poignancy of the film. With a quiet, pensive style the work completely overtakes your emotions – Lean on Pete is a heart-warming, inspiring gem. ” The Upcoming
Critics: 80% Audience 73%
All Critics positive review 92% All Critics average score 79% Audience want to see 75%
Stockbridge Audience Score: 69%
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