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*** ½ (out of 4)

Like several other recent movies (e.g. The Shape of Water, Isle of Dogs), Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete centers on the relationship between a human and an animal. This time around, the human in question is Charley (Charlie Plummer) – a lonely teenager who lives with his single, alcoholic father (Travis Fimmel) in Oregon – and the animal is Lean on Pete (Pete for short), a racehorse Charley befriends while working at a racetrack.

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*** (out of 4)

Ferenc Török’s 1945 opens on an unnamed Hungarian village, where all the residents are busily making preparations for the wedding of the town clerk’s son (Bence Tasnádi). Barely three months have passed since Nazi Germany’s surrender, the Pacific War still hasn’t officially ended…and the Soviets are just a few years away from converting Hungary into a satellite state. But from the looks of it, most of these townspeople have nonetheless managed to push thoughts of World War II and its fallout to the back of their minds. Until, that is, the local stationmaster (István Znamenák) arrives with a piece of horrifying news: two Jews (Iván Angelus, Marcell Nagy) have disembarked at the nearby train station, and they’re on their way into town.

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals