Lean on Pete ★★★★★

Lean on Pete describes as a story I wouldn't choose.  I chose it though because of Andrew Haigh.  I was resistant to his previous film, 45 years, so I guessed he would reward my bravery.  A boy and his horse, is the simplistic description that almost kept me away.  The boy is put through some emotionally devestating situations.  He's losing something or someone to care for at every turn.  He's learned to push through and  percevere long before we meet him.  His lack of self pity and drive to survive make him a unique protagonist.    The plot has some predictable turns but how he emerges from them is what makes the film special.

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