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Run Time: 119 minutes
From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner, Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi), and seasoned jockey, Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home. Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny, and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us. –A24
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Andrew Haigh (Writer,Director) has directed four features, including Lean On Pete. His previous film, 45 Years, premiered at Berlinale 2015 where it won Silver Bears for the lead performances of Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. It went on to win a number of international awards and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Charlotte Rampling. His second feature Weekend premiered at SXSW in 2011, where it won the Emerging Visions Audience Award. He was also the Executive Producer and lead writer/director on the HBO show “Looking” including the finale television movie broadcast in 2015.
Greek Pete (2009), Weekend (2011), 45 Years (2015), LEAN ON PETE (2017)
Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Zahn