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Film Review: The Rider


Year: 2018
Director: Chloe Zhao
Writer: Chloe Zhao
Cinematography: Joshua James Richards
Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
Country of Origin: USA
Rating: R
Time: 104 mins.

Chloe Zhao is one of the most important independent voices and directors working today in America. Her directorial debut feature, Songs That My Brothers Taught Me, focused on a part of America we've never seen before and it was electrifying. Chloe Zhao's sophomore feature, The Rider is hands down, one of my favorite films of this year. Based on the real-life events of rising rodeo star, Brady Jandry, the film explores the heartbreaking reality of forfeiting one's dreams in order to live.

The Rider talks about toxic masculinity and the cost of one's dreams. Chloe Zhao's approach to filmmaking is brutally personal, poignant, and painfully honest. The cinematography by Joshua James Richards is intimate and immersive as he captures the beautiful and vastness of middle America. As someone who constantly promotes the acting of dreaming, this is a story that I resonant with to my core. Zhao made another American classic and I can't wait to see it part of the Criterion Collection.