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The Rider|Brady Jandreau
The Rider
Brady Jandreau and Tim Jandreau
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Overview

A young Native American rodeo cowboy (Brady Jandreau) faces an identity crisis after suffering a near-fatal head injury and being told that he can never ride again. When he takes on the grueling job of training a wild horse he finds it exhilarating, but also a sad reminder that the direction of his life is forever altered. Directed by Chloé Zhao.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Chloe Zhao - Director
Brady Jandreau
Tim Jandreau
Lilly Jandreau
Cat Clifford
Terri Dawn Pourier
Lane Scott
Tanner Langdeau
James Calhoon
Derrick Janis

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396541955
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language and drug use)
  • Release Date: August 2018

Reviews:
4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he film’s style, its sense of light and landscape and mood, simultaneously give it the mesmerizing force of the most confident cinematic poetry." - 04/13/2018 RogerEbert.com


"More retroactive documentary than docudrama, it’s remarkably effective at creating a sense of verisimilitude, and these non-actors seem far more comfortable in their own skin." -- Grade: B+ - 04/10/2018 A.V. Club


"There are moments in THE RIDER, Chloé Zhao’s achingly beautiful heartland elegy, when we see Brady Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy in his early 20s, simply doing what he was born to do." - 04/10/2018 Los Angeles Times


"THE RIDER is a rare gem, a small, acutely observed portrait of a few lives on what used to be the frontier but is now a desolate backwater, the windswept badlands around Pine Ridge, South Dakota." - 05/22/2017 Hollywood Reporter


"[THE RIDER] takes Pine Ridge as its setting, with cinematographer Joshua James Richards lending a crepuscular glow to its dry, tawny vistas." - 05/20/2017 Variety


"Ms. Zhao’s commitment to her craft — she knows how to take care and when to take risks -- matches Brady’s. She has an eye for landscape and an acute sensitivity to the nuances of storytelling, a bold, exacting vision that makes THE RIDER exceptional among recent American regional-realist films." - 04/11/2018 New York Times


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Set against the stunning vistas of the American heartland, THE RIDER explores the physical and psychological impact on a modern cowboy who feels useless if he can't do what he was born to do....[The] film is as indelible as it is unmissable." - 04/12/2018 Rolling Stone


"THE RIDER is a powerful, confident work that blends fact and fiction to create an authentic portrait of life in South Dakota’s Sioux community." - 04/11/2018 The Atlantic


"[A] spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film." - 04/27/2018 Chicago Sun-Times


"[A] spare, elegiac drama of a young rodeo rider coming back from a horrific injury..." - 12/27/2018 Boston Globe