THE RIDER [USA], THU 25 OCTOBER, 8PM

By January 6, 2018 Homepage, Season 19 films

Brady, a South Dakota rodeo cowboy, suffers a near-fatal accident that halts his career and forces him to re-evaluate his future.  A beautifully crafted and absorbing glimpse of ‘real-life’ America.

Winner Art Cinema Award at Cannes 2017.

Brady is a talented South Dakota bronco rider and horse trainer – cowboys and rodeos are the centre of his world. So when he suffers a near-fatal accident that halts his career, Brady struggles to recover from a serious head-injury that forces him to reevaluate his future.

Chinese-born director Chloé Zhao proves that her acclaimed debut feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me was no flash-in-the-pan, as she returns with another beautifully crafted and absorbing glimpse of ‘real-life’ America in this second feature. Casting non-professional actors as versions of themselves allows her to bring a unique authenticity and intimacy to the story – the result is a powerfully emotional and touching exploration of humanity.

The best American movie this critic has seen in the past year…The commanding abilities Chloé Zhao shows in “The Rider” easily mark her as one of the world’s most important young directors. – rogerebert.com ★★★

Study of a damaged rodeo rider is a hugely impressive slice of prairie naturalism.The Irish Times  ★★★★★

Impressive, stylish bronco rider drama bucks the trend.  Chloé Zhao’s distinctive new feature shows life among South Dakota’s star bronco riders, who play themselves in a kind of heightened documentary. – The Guardian ★★★

Click here to watch an interview with the director and Brady.

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USA, 2017 | Language:  English | 104 minutes | Cert: CLUB TBC

Director:  Chloé Zhao

Cast:  Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau