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7.7
/10
398 Ratings

The Rider

Directed by Chloé Zhao
United States, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

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.

Our take

In a masterful blend of documentary and fiction, The Rider’s characters play themselves in an intimate retelling of their own lives. Mental health and the pressures of masculinity are gracefully explored in Chloe Zhao’s contemporary take on the Western genre, set in the patriarchal world of rodeo.

The Rider Directed by Chloé Zhao
A sensitive and almost gentle film, holding within it emotion so intense my heart practically exploded.
December 14, 2018
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While Chinese-born writer-director Chloé Zhao hasn’t attempted to turn the genre entirely on its head, her sophomore feature The Rider reshapes the traditional cowboy narrative in a way that both embraces and challenges western tropes.
December 06, 2018
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An exquisite blend of real-life and fictional narratives brought together by the universal struggle of reconciling your dreams with the constraints of the possible.
September 20, 2018
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