Date Showing Showing On 13, 15, 16 May
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm

Lean On Pete

M 2hrs 02mins
adventure | 2018, USA | English

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.


Mature themes, violence and coarse language

Andrew Haigh
Original Review
Blake Howard,
Extracted By
Peter Gillard
Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel

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Lean on Pete | Official Trailer HD | A24

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

Fifteen-year-old Charley lives with his father Ray from pay cheque to irresponsibly budgeted pay cheque. Charley gets a summer job as a stable hand for horse trainer Del where he takes care of ageing racehorse “Lean on Pete”. When Ray’s philandering results in a fatal altercation, Charley seems bound for life in systemic foster care. Hiding from authorities in the stables, Charley learns that Del means to put Pete down and charts a desperate cross-country escape to freedom searching for his Aunt Margie.

The film beautifully observes Charley’s life unfolding. Flowing between steady detachment; reporting on each step of the young man’s morning running circuits, to the somewhat tragic lack of intimacy for every part of his life – except for his moments with Pete. Cluttered suburban streets and the unglamorous, manure-lined stables feel like prisons to boy and beast alike when contrasted by seeing this unique contemplative young man riding his horse freely through the wild vistas.

Plummer’s performance is a revelation. He conveys such moral clarity, quite often in silent moments alongside his silent equine co-star; it is quite an achievement. Haigh’s direction fashions a delicate and boundlessly hopeful Charley. Despite the incomprehension of the gravity of the situation, he chooses to act with care for Pete, even if that means risking his well-being.

Lean on Petedraws you in and denies you the chance to reach out for a desperate protective embrace of Charley. Haigh’s unforgettable adaptation makes you bear witness to this fragile flame nursed through the unforgiving world.

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