Irish Film Institute -THE RIDER


Director: Chloé Zhao

104 mins, USA, 2017, Digital

This film was released 14th September 2018, and is no longer screening.

Chloé Zhao’s lyrical new work is evocative of films such as David Gordon Green’s George Washington (2000) or Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone (2010) in its depiction of an America seldom seen on screen.

In South Dakota, the promising career of rodeo rider Brady (Brady Jandreau) is derailed by a serious head injury. Faced with uncertainty, Brady must find a place for himself in a world that does not offer him a hopeful future.

With the cast of non-actors playing lightly fictionalised versions of themselves, Zhao’s subtle exploration of the definitions and expectations of masculinity has a sombre beauty.

(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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