Lean on Pete

• What we’ll do
Grab a drink and let’s go see a movie! Bring friends and some good conversation to discuss the film, its characters, the production and more. The Living Room Theater is the location of our weekly Monday meetup. Most movies they play are independent, foreign, artistic with an occasional blockbuster.

We meet Tuesday evenings to take advantage of their $6 Merry Movie special. They have weekday showings of all their movies in the 7:00 hour, and those are the showings we’re shooting for. If you see something coming up there that you’d like to recommend as our Living Room movie of the week, message me or post it on the board by Wednesday the previous week

Lean on Pete

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 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. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), 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 (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë 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. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.
Director: Andrew HaighCountry: UKGenre: Adventure | DramaYear: 2018
Run Time: 02:01:00imdb Score: 7.3/10 (877 votes)Language: EnglishRating: R
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Charlie Plummer
“Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game.”
Brian Tallerico – ROGEREBERT.COM

“LEAN ON PETE is a small gem that covers a vast amount of territory.”
David Ehrlich – INDIEWIRE

“An unvarnished neorealist trudge, LEAN ON PETE unfolds unsparingly and unsentimentally. “
A.A. Dowd – THE A.V. CLUB

AWARDS
Venice Film Festival 2017
Best Young Actor or Actress
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2017
Best Actor Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Crystal Arrow
Int’l Cinephile Society Awards 2017
Best Picture
Heartland Film 2018
Truly Moving Picture Award
FESTIVALS
Telluride Film Festival 2017
Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2017
London Film Festival 2017
Thessaloniki Int’l Film Festival 2017
Los Cabos Int’l Film Festival 2017

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DO YOU LIKE INDEPENDENT FILM? Don’t miss out on this years Portland Film Festival sponsored by Comcast. The festival kicks off next week on October 22nd to October 28th. Watch movies from most genres—even learn how to make one. Check out the schedule and buy passes now at http://portlandfilm.org

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