Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

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A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, ‘Lean on Pete’.

Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old who has no stability in his life. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father (Travis Fimmel), working in warehouses finding some stability is hard.

Hoping for a new start they move to Portland where Charley earns cash helping out likable old racing hand Del (Steve Buscemi), who races horses in scrappy local competitions, sometimes with the help of past-it jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny). Charley quickly becomes best friends with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

Andrew Haigh's (’45 Years’) adaptation of Willy Vlautin's acclaimed novel makes sure the characters are first and foremost, leading to a film that is an emotional triumph.