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The Rider

May 21, 2023 @ 5:15 pm

Director Chloe Zhao’s The Rider, is the kind of rare work that seems to attain greatness through an almost alchemical fusion of nominal opposites. An account of rodeo riders on a South Dakota reservation, it is so fact-based that it almost qualifies as a documentary. Yet the film’s style, its sense of light and landscape and mood, simultaneously give it the mesmerizing force of the most confident cinematic poetry. The film is a deft fictional adaptation of the real-life story of Brady Jandreau and his family struggling to deal with Brady’s traumatic head injury from a bronco riding accident. Though fiction, Zhao cast the real Jandreau family as her characters.  

1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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