Thursday, December 1, 2011

Buck (2011)

Director: Cindy Meehle. 88 min. Rated PG. Documentary.

"I don't help people with horse problems; I help horses with people problems." Famous quote from Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, based on real-life horse trainer Buck Brannaman - this documentary's subject. This is another example of how cinema provides a window into lives you'll probably never be exposed to in a lifetime, and the surprise was how the abused childhood of one man could later translate into such gentle training of horses in adulthood. Some moments (such as a horse attacking to bite someone's head off) make this film worthwhile, although the slow rhythm is probably not for all tastes.

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