Run time: 97 mins
Executively produced by the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford, The Mustang is a soulful drama following a prisoner’s experience training wild horses
Worth seeing for the gorgeous Matthias Schoenaerts’ performance alone, the Belgian actor plays Roman Coleman, hardened by years spent in U.S. prison (much of it in solitary confinement). “Not good with people” and better suited to solitude, Roman is disinterested in having to re-enter the general prison population in Northern Nevada. Based on a real rehabilitation program, Roman is one of a dozen inmates selected to help train wild mustangs. While shoveling horse manure, he approaches a horse furiously banging against a locked door, staring at the animal in wonder. ‘Old-time rancher’ Myles (the so too gorgeous: Bruce Dern) the stableman, and after giving him a telling off, picks up on Roman’s instinctive-connect with this horse. Pairing the two angry creatures together, Roman and the mustang embark on a journey, full of pained moments of frustration but of tender self-discovery. Lyrical and naturalistic, The Mustang explores how we heal through the process of connecting with another being, whether it be woman, man or animal. (research Rachel Williams) But not all at once…
Come for the Dern/Schoenaerts screen. It’s been dismissed – SO Don’t miss.