Works from Andrew Haigh, Michel Hazanavicius and Angelina Jolieby Francine Stock / April 14, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
Lean on Pete
Released on 4th May
Andrew Haigh’s last film, 45 Years, was a study of marital endurance in the Norfolk Broads. Now he’s taken that compassionate naturalism out on the road, from Oregon to the spectacular vistas of Wyoming. Charlie Plummer plays a young boy forced to leave home in search of a relative; on the way he acquires an ageing racehorse as companion. Their roadside encounters, also state of the nation snapshots, might have proved clunky or sentimental. Instead, this film holds its firepower, commanding our attention until the extraordinary final scenes. Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny appear in minor supporting roles.