Mustang (2019)

The Mustang

May 11, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 18/19 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Matthias Schoenaerts is terrific in this quietly moving western about a prisoner who bonds with a wild horse.

18/19 Hop Film

Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone) is a tightly wound convict fresh out of solitary confinement at a maximum-security prison in the Nevada desert. Still wary of human contact, Roman enrolls in a tough but rewarding rehabilitation program for learning to train wild mustangs. Under the tutelage of grizzled trainer Myles (Bruce Dern), he takes charge of an ornery horse in the hopes of preparing it for an annual auction. With the wild animal acting as a mirror for his own raging emotions, Roman must learn to tame not only the mustang but also the beast within.

D: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, US, 2019

Matthias Schoenaerts is terrific in Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's quietly moving debut feature. The Mustang wants to immerse us in the silence of that rarefied space where man and animal connect.


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