Lean on Pete

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi (in a role unlike any you’ve ever seen him in!) and Chloe Sevigny star in this remarkable film: “There’s almost a cosmic dimension to some of the most beautiful passages, as if the world (call it nature or God or sensitive direction) were holding Charley in its embrace” —N.Y. Times.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years.

“Writer-director Haigh dashes expectations in almost every scene, making a boy and his horse movie that’s scraped free of everything false or sentimental” —Village Voice. R. 121 Min.