Lean on Pete ★★★★

This film wrecked me.

Andrew Haigh's script in somewhat predictable (part of that could be the novel its based on - which I haven't read so I can't fully say) in its plot mechanics, but coupled with his direction he makes this film a powerful work of understated storytelling. Reminded me a lot of Wendy & Lucy from 2008, but more dour. It's a film that sneaks up on you. Andrew Haigh is so methodical in his pacing that much of the film's emotion doesn't hit until the credits start the roll. But thematically - seeing Charlie grapple with family trauma, trying to cope by rescuing Pete (a race horse that he befriends), and eventually seeing his life unravel before him - is quite potent.