London Film Festival 2017: ‘Lean on Pete’ Review

If Lean on Pete is reassuring of anything, it’s that Andrew Haigh is still a god at observing relationships under stress – the only difference is that this time there is no intimate bond, just a connection to a horse. That connection would lead our troubled main character, Charley, to go on a journey to find his mother (and himself along the way).

There’s something about Haigh’s work that is more haunting and tonally nerve-racking than anything we’ve ever seen before (ex. The odd goosebumps during some Weekend‘s more intimate scenes). I believe though, that this is his most emotional crushing film due to the fact that there are an incredible amount of stakes at hand in the story. 45 Years and Weekend never embodied the emotional tension that the grounded but semi-pessimistic narrative that Lean on Pete provides the audience.

Not only is it more accessible/relatable than anything Haigh has done in his career so far but it is also one of his best. This film struck a chord with me and I fell in love with its style, phenomenal sound design and performances within minutes. Almost makes you wonder why all dramatic narratives can’t be written and directed by Haigh himself, due to the fact that he is clearly one of the best working right now.

Rating: 9/10

For a complete schedule and to buy tickets check out the BFI London Film Festival website.

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