Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sometimes Horsey Love Is Not Enough

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sometimes Horsey Love Is Not Enough

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Byline: Charlotte O'Sullivan

Lean On Pete Cert 15, 121 mins BRITISH director Andrew Haigh has made three profound, sublimely mischievous films. If you haven't seen Greek Pete, Weekend or 45 Years, do yourself a favour: seek them out. His new film is set in America and features indie legends Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi as damaged, flaky mentors to a horse-mad boy. It's a million times better than Spielberg's War Horse. And if that sounds like faint praise, it is.

Based on the Willy Vlautin novel, this drama explores the underbelly of the Pacific Northwest. Sensitive teen Charley (Charlie Plummer) feels drawn to the knackered racehorse called Lean On Pete. When his breezy dad's love life spins out of control, Charley's feelings for the animal surge. Tense and lovely sequences at a race track seem influenced by The Misfits. Charley identifies with endangered creatures, just as Marilyn Monroe's Roslyn does. Plummer (so good in King Jack) has a fascinating face. …

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