The Rider

The Rider

DVD - 2018
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After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: EnglishSpanish version.
ISBN: 9786317314849
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 RID
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jun 10, 2019

Goes on my list as one of the worst movies of all time. It is slow and boring and the speaking parts are written to make these people sound like they all have IQ’s of something well under 100. The landscape photography is lovely, as are many of the scenes of the horses. But the whole thing is so bad that after watching about 40 minutes of it, I started skipping to the next scenes, hoping to find something that looked interesting. Let’s just say, it was a short movie for me!

May 13, 2019

* Not my cup of tea! Lots swearing and I found it boring.

Apr 22, 2019

The landscape was very beautiful, but this an overly romanticized, sentimental movie about a macho culture.

Apr 11, 2019

Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Triumphant.
An amazing story shot partly as a documentary about Brady Jandreau, a rodeo rider struggling to find a purpose of his life after a tragic rodeo accident disqualified him from the rodeo.
This art movie was shot on South Dakota's Lakota-Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation. Most of the characters of the story were played by real-life characters, cowboys and family members (Brady's now- wife was in the film as well). Lane Scott, an aspiring rodeo star, whose dreams got shuttered in a fatal car accident also appeared in the movie. Highly recommend watching the special features, doing so you can find out if Brady has given up on his dream or not. I loved this film. But it is indeed more for the fans of Terrence Malick's films.

Apr 04, 2019

About as raw and as real as a film gets. Shot at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Film is not suitable for children due to swearing, marijuana use, and dead rabbit shown.

Mar 31, 2019

Impressive work. I usually like my movies faster moving, but these characters were real, understated, and not people I'd ever be likely to meet in my life. That these were non-actors sort-of playing themselves, working with a foreign-born director just adds frosting to the cake.

Mar 24, 2019

Not very interesting except for the casting choices: the 3 family members are played by 3 real life family members and the catastrophically injured rodeo rider is played by a former rodeo rider who was catastrophically injured in real life in a car accident.

Mar 17, 2019

This is a film where events can easily lead to sacks of bathos. Give director, Chloe Zhao credit that whenever the subject appears to become a weepy mess, she deftly maneuvers away.
J. J. Richards did a fine job as cinematographer on several Wyeth type South Dakota scenes.

Feb 05, 2019

Though based on a true story and shot in subtle, almost documentary-style way, this is a fictional film about a rodeo rider who suffers a head injury and has to quit riding. The rider, his father, and his autistic sister all are played by an actual family, which gives their performances a natural, lived in rapport. It uses some conventions of the Western genre but also quietly critiques the stereotypical masculinity promoted by those films (and our culture). Shot in South Dakota and directed by Chinese-American Chloe Zhao. It's a lovely little film that offers a respite from the latest CGI-heavy superhero movie. Also see "Western."

Jan 29, 2019

It's still early on in the new year but this documentary style movie will definitely be a hard one to beat as one of my favorites this year.
Using real people as actors (Brady, an injured cowboy, his Father Tim and sister Lily) creates an experience rather than pure entertainment. It is almost like a coming of age story because Brady can no longer do what he feels he was born to do and doesn't know where to go from here.
His love of horses and his natural affinity with them is displayed with tender honesty.
He is a loving person and it shows through in his relationship with his sister and community on the reservation and his commitment to his disabled former bronc riding friend, Lane Scott, also a real person.
One of my favorite scenes is Brady riding his favorite horse, Gus across the prairie after he thinks his head has healed enough to get back up in a saddle. If you know riders you can see he is an excellent one and he and Gus are simply a thing of beauty.
And by the way I am not someone who supports rodeo as entertainment so it was nice to see a back story to broaden my view of a world I closed my heart to.

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Apr 11, 2019

"Sometimes dreams aren't meant to be". Jim Jandreau

Apr 11, 2019

"There's always a price to pay. You just gotta count your cards and you know, play them the right way". Brady Jandreau

Aug 28, 2018

It's too bad your mom ain't here. You and her could be stubborn together.
You know, Lilly, I believe God gives each of us a purpose. Very true. To the horse, it's to run across the prairie. For a cowboy, it's to ride.
Your brain's a little different than your ribs.
-Yeah, I know, but it's all the same to a cowboy. Ride through the pain. You gotta make sure this head of yours don't get you scared.
Hope he gets to ride again. Feel the wind hit his back and watch it flow through the grass.
Throw my shoulder back? Yeah, to get rid of that range. And then up in the air, off to your left. When he jumps up, put your shoulder forward. Just like that. Perfect. Now, let me... Don't forget to lift across. There you go. Get your feet involved. Saddle. There you go. Lift on that rein now. Ride like it's gonna be the last horse you ever get on. 'Cause any bronc could be the last one.


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