The human side of trying to find your way back after tragedy

The Rider

The Rider tells the story of Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) who lived to ride bulls. He was a rising star when tragedy struck as he was thrown during a bullriding competition. Now he’s home, prone to seizures, with a brian injury and a right hand that locks up on him. He lives with his father, Tim, who is prone to hard-drinking and gambling, and his sister who has autism. He regularly visits his friend Lane, who lives in a care facility after suffering severe brain damage from a similar bullriding accident. His ragamuffin friends try to get him back in the rodeo game, his dad tells him he needs to accept the “cards he’s been dealt” and move on. Brady gets a job as a store clerk to help feed the impoverished family, but dreams someday he’ll be back in the saddle again. The Rider premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017, where it won the Art Cinema Award. It was released in theaters in the United States on April 13, 2018. The film is visually stunning, slow moving and shows the other side of life vividly.

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