When South Dakota rodeo star Brady awakens from a severe head injury, the doctors tell him he must give up the sport–one that is his passion but also his lifeline. Without it, Brady cannot support his mentally disabled sister Lily, and his alcoholic, gambling father, and faces a life of misery.
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Superbly effecting cinema blend of fiction and documentary that plays like a cross between The Wrestler and The Crash Reel. There's something incredibly honest at the heart of Brady Jandreau and he should be commended for the bravery of letting it play on screen. Superb cinematography and direction. 4.5 stars
We can never have too much of this kind of specific and intimate storytelling, commendable for the way it builds its world with the actors. Because its stakes are personal it demands an investment in a world few of us have experienced, or even hold much sympathy for. I also kind of felt my appreciation was more that it didn’t do anything wrong, as opposed to feeling any elements strongly.
Sure there is a lot to like in the way Chloe Zhao brings documentary material into a work of fiction. Here everyone plays his own role, his role in life, which gives another dimension to the feelings and emotions in play. But it is still a work of fiction and with this formless that we find almost everywhere today, where a shot is never properly framed, where images are often meaningless. No cinematic language.
An utterly gorgeous film. Chloe Zhao takes a subject that could so easily feel hackneyed and infuses it with with new life in this hybrid docu-fiction film. One of the best new pieces of film making I've seen in a long time.
Existing at the intersection of fictional drama and documentary, an evocative and emotionally powerful film. Fine cinematography with vistas worthy of John Ford and all the performances, including the horses', are honest and deeply moving.
Takes an oft-depicted milieu in American filmmaking [the cowboy] and manages to wring out fresh tones and an exquisite physical balladry. The corporeal self is the subject at hand--whether it is horribly wounded, differently abled, or nearly paralyzed--each subject is presented with warmth and humanity. The deft interplay between fiction/non-fiction lends the work a heart-wrenching verisimilitude. Painful and poetic.