The Mustang

The Mustang

The Mustang

Matthias Schoenaerts is a violent convict who finds himself taming wild mustangs with Bruce Dern as rehabilitation in this redemption drama.

"Roman Coleman is a tightly wound convict fresh out of solitary confinement at a maximum security prison in the Nevada desert. Still wary of human contact, Roman enrolls in a tough but rewarding rehabilitation program learning to train wild mustangs. Under the tutelage of grizzled trainer Myles (Dern), he takes charge of an ornery horse in the hopes of preparing it for an annual auction. With the wild animal acting as a mirror for his own raging emotions, Roman must learn to tame not only the mustang but also the beast within." (Sundance Film Festival)

201996 minsFrance, USA
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The Mustang / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

Manages to be inspirational without going Disney.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

A stringent tale of a struggle for redemption.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It is handsomely shot, affectingly acted, and narratively predictable.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it'll knock you for a loop.

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Time Out

Time Out

You can't help but be swept up by the sincerity here...

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New York Post

New York Post

It's Schoenaerts, one of this generation's finest actors, who makes The Mustang a moving look at human potential for redemption and rehabilitation.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Within no more than a minute of screen time, we know that director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has authority and vision, and that we are watching a good movie.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

An impressive feature directorial debut.

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Collider

Collider

The Mustang delivers one narrative surprise after the next, not with dramatic twists and turns, but with simple human growth and understanding.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Single-minded and direct in its execution, the film is a hard look at the extremes of masculine guilt and healing.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Whatever language he works in, Schoenaerts is a singular talent who can convincingly convey danger and menace as naturally as he breathes.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It's all well-trod territory. And yet... The Mustang breathes new life into most of those conventions, thanks in no small part to Schoenaerts and his remarkable work.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

A powerful and emotional journey framed by gorgeous sun-soaked shots of the stark Nevada landscape.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It shouldn't work - none of it - not the metaphor, not the wild horse, not what it all means for the wild man at the centre. It does.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

You can probably guess every beat of The Mustang ahead of time, but what does that matter? The picture, shot by Ruben Impens, is gorgeous to look at.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

This debut feature by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre opens strong, grows even stronger and, avoiding almost every trap, fulfills its abundant promise.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

(A) stirring and poetic prison drama about a man and his horse.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It builds instead of races, knowing that it's the accumulation of minor character beats in a film like this one that really matter.

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Variety

Variety

"The Mustang" has an arc you can trace, but you will not, I promise you, predict the final shot, and it's a beauty - a tearjerker as delicate as they come.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

De Clermont-Tonnerre shows admirable restraint, knowing that, in her carefully constructed frames, it can be enough just to get Roman's newly compassionate eyes into a close-up with the expressionless eye of a horse.

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Collider

Collider

'The Mustang' delivers one narrative surprise after the next, not with dramatic twists and turns, but with simple human growth and understanding.

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