The Mustang (2019)

The Mustang (2019)

An incredible central performance

7.1

Movie

Belgium, France
English
Drama
2019
FEMALE DIRECTOR, LAURE DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE
Bruce Dern, Connie Britton, Gideon Adlon
96 min

What it's about

While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.

The take

A quiet movie about an unpredictable convict who gets enrolled in a wild mustang taming program. These initiatives, common around the country, offer fascinating parallels: both the horses and the inmates are emprisoned, both innately fight against their condition but are actively being made to comply. The central performance by Matthias Schoenaerts is nothing short of a masterpiece. He doesn't speak much and you almost don't want him to: everything else he does communicates so much more than words. Watching this movie just for him is reason enough.

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