Lean on Pete

In Andrew Haigh’s moving indie drama Lean on Pete, a motherless 15-year-old boy in Portland, Oregon, gets a part-time job caring for horses at the local racetrack and bonds with a five-year-old quarter horse named Pete; when the stallion begins losing and faces a trip to the glue factory, young Charley (Charlie Plummer) makes off with Pete and the two set out on a treacherous cross-country journey together. A quietly observant filmmaker, Haigh understands the need for connection: his breakthrough feature, Weekend (2011), traced a gay romance through its heady first days, and his acclaimed 45 Years (2015) gave Charlotte Rampling one of her best roles as a wife suddenly alienated from her longtime husband. Lean on Pete, adapted from a novel by Willy Vlautin, turns on the extraordinary connection between Pete and the silent Charley—who, in his emotional outlook, often seems more equine than human. Continue reading>>