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The Rider


This enthralling, gorgeously-filmed portrait of America’s cowboy culture provides an archetypal story of a man redefining his hopes and ambitions in the modern West. Once a rising star on the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident.

The Rider is part truth, part drama, and completely heartrending … a wholly unique slice-of-life drama.” – Kate Erbland, Indiewire

Back home in South Dakota, he finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Shot on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, The Rider is a work of fiction that calls on non-professional actors to play characters similar to themselves, incorporating their own skill sets and experiences. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me), The Rider is based on the true story of real-life rodeo rider Brady Jandreau, who gives an extraordinary performance as the injured former champion and horse trainer forced to give up the life he knows and loves. (Dir. by Chloé Zhao, 2017, USA, 104 mins., Rated R)

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