Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete ★★★★½

Almost less Haigh than it is one of Kelly Reichardt's observationally political character studies by way of the effectively meandering, sociocultural hyperrealism of pre-Good Time Safdie bros (only because I wouldn't classify Good Time as a meandering film). The tough journey of a boy who's abandoned first through familial dysfunction and misfortune, later through an abrupt explosion of environmental violence and, somewhere along the way, by himself and his inherited pride's inability to accept assistance in the face of traumatic situations. A story without a beginning, middle or end, about a young man in search of a new beginning (yet completely unsure of where to look). Far and away my favorite of the twenty five or so movies that I saw at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival -- hammered my heart to pieces.

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