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Title: The Rider
Venue: Academy Theatre for Performing Arts
 
Tickets are $12.00. A part of the Academy and Kawartha Art Gallery’s "Films on the Scugog TIFF Series"!
 
The Rider
Rated 14A
August 21 at 7pm 
 
After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Writer and director Chloé Zhao first met Brady Jandreau during her research for her earlier film Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015). She visited the ranch where Jandreau was working and he was teaching her how to ride a horse. She wanted to put him in one of her films, and when he had the accident that left him with life changing head injuries, she decided to base the script for her next film on his story.

“You can almost feel the wind and smell the dust of the South Dakota plains, so deeply is Chloé Zhao's new film steeped in the reality of its environment.” …Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“Jandreau, acting opposite his real-life family members and friends, disappears into a role largely based on his own experiences, oozing empathy from his pores.” …Chandler Levack, The Globe and Mail

“Evocative, empathetic and elegiac - a captivating, contemporary Western.” …Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
 
“The best American movie this critic has seen in the past year” …Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert.com