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Lean on Pete

Andrew Haigh
UK 2017 / 121’
Girl My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot

A T-shirt and faded jeans are the typical outfit of 15-year-old Charley Thompson (the brilliant Charlie Plummer). He moves with his single father to Portland, Oregon, where he meets Del Montgomery, who offers him a summer job at his stables. Seeking approval, he befriends a racehorse named Pete. Together, they head off on a journey through America's wide-open spaces. Lean on Pete is a coming-of-age story based on a novel of the same title written by Willy Vlautin. Andrew Haigh deftly avoids the clichés typical of films with a child protagonist and animals. He constructs a deeply moving-reminiscent of François Truffaut's The 400Blows-story about the love that drives us all, told through the prism of an unusual friendship. After his acclaimed film 45 Years, Haigh takes a sensitive look at young people looking for their place in the world.

Marcin Radomski

awards

Venice IFF 2017 - Best Young Actor (Charlie Plummer); Heartland Film 2018 - Truly Moving Picture Award; International Cinephile Society Awards 2018 - ICS Award

Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh is an English director and screenwriter. In 2003, he made hisdebut with the short filmOil, and his next movie, Five Miles Out, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival in Berlin. In 2009, he made his first full-length film Greek Pete. His next film, Weekend, premiered in March 2011 at the SXSW Film Festival, and 45 Years received two acting awards in Berlin for Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Haigh is one of England's most interesting contemporary film directors.

Filmography

2009 Mężczyzna do wynajęcia / Greek Pete 

2011 Zupełnie inny weekend / Weekend

2015 45 lat / 45 Years 

2016 Simon Is Waiting

2017 Polegaj na mnie / Lean on Pete

Cast & Crew

director Andrew Haigh
screenplay Andrew Haigh, Willy Vlautin
cinematography Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
editing Jonathan Alberts
music James Edward Barker
cast Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz
producer Tristan Goligher
production Film4 Productions, British Film Council
sales Monolith
language English
colouration colour