There's no wisdom worth having that isn't hard won.

Winner of the Audience Award (Documentary) at Sundance 2011, about American Buck Braannaman – from his abusive childhood to his life as a successful horse-whisperer.... More

"Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will." So says Brannaman, an American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. A real-life 'horse-whisperer', he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.Hide

  • Audience Award (US Documentary), Sundance Film Festival 2011.

  • Directed by Cindy Meehl (feature debut)

    Starring Buck Brannaman

    • Documentary
    • 88mins
    • Rating: PG contains violence and coarse language
    • USA

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You don’t have to be a horse person to enjoy this gentle documentary but it would probably help. Buck Brannaman’s life story seems ready made for the movies, so it’s little surprise he was partial inspiration for Robert Redford’s character in The Horse Whisperer. Buck doesn’t actually whisper at the horses he tames in the workshops he hosts all over America; it’s more of an unspoken offering of understanding. But it gets results.... More

The film uses Buck’s story to make universally relevant points about the power of empathy and compassion. When we learn of Buck’s abusive upbringing, TV footage of his youthful self doing rope tricks takes on tragic proportions.

Whilst this remains reasonably captivating for its first hour, it kinda runs out of steam after that, suggesting there wasn’t quite enough to justify a full-length movie. Watching Buck run his workshops is entertaining, only up to a point, but his story remains a heartfelt exploration of a gentle soul and a relevant reminder to be nice to the animals.Hide

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BY filmlover superstar

A very interesting film. When I went the cinema was filled with 'Pony Club' types. But this is not a film for the fainthearted. The brutal descriptions of the beatings Buck took at the hands of his father actually gave me nightmares. Probably not necessary to see this on the big screen but if you like documentaries this one stands up well.

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  • Buck has the air of a beautiful little mystery; even knowing the uplifting outcome, you wonder at the strength that brought him to this place. Full Review

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