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Lean on Pete (15)


Drama in which a teenager in Oregon embarks on an treacherous journey to Wyoming following a family tragedy.

The critical consensus

Detached, but never dispassionate, this may not be Andrew Haigh's best film. But its slow-burning authenticity suggests a versatility to go with his acuity for credible characters in recognisable situations.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 02/05/2018

Powerful and poignant filmmaking.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 02/05/2018

Less a gallop, more a gentle canter through one teen’s travails, and all the better for it.

****(*)Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies, 03/05/2018

A troubled teenager and his beloved old racehorse take to the big country in 45 Years director Andrew Haigh’s poignant adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/05/2018

More Kes than Black Beauty, it’s a heartbreaking story of hardship and hope.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 03/05/2018

A compelling (if disjointed) tale of a teenager’s literal and emotional journey.

****(*)Adam Thornton, The Wee Review, 06/05/2018

British director Andrew Haigh’s modern American odyssey sees Charlie Plummer excel as a teen fleeing grim realities.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 06/05/2018

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday May 18, 2018, until Thursday May 24, 2018. More info:

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