“Dream horse” is exactly what you’d expect from a movie called “Dream Horse”. It’s light, sweetly perky, and warmly inspiring, with a leading role of Toni Colette keep things on track.
Colette plays Jan Vokes, who works in a supermarket during the day and in a pub at night. While her husband (Owen Teale) falls asleep around the clock – he was fired when the mines closed – he’s invested enough in their marriage to go along with whatever Jan says. After overhearing a tax advisor (Damian LewisWhen she talks about his racehorse, she persuades her husband to buy a thoroughbred mare, Rewbell, and then convinces the village idiot, the village banker, the village butcher, the village academic (there is only one) and the village drunk (there are many of them) ) to join their Syndicate for ten pounds a week with the intention of breeding a Champion Mustang. So they pull together just enough money to buy a community mare.
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director Euro Lyn captures the rhythm of life in their tiny Welsh community and falls into the category of films like “Fisherman Friends” and “The Full Monty” Underdog stories in the UK. The story is less about an individual and more about a whole community banding together for a single reason, in this case a racehorse with a 1% chance of winning. In its first race the group calls it “Dream Alliance” because it is literally a dream come true, as well as an alliance between a group of people who normally don’t get along. Before you know it, this is him Nikola Jokic of racehorses: one of the final selections in the draft, work in progress, a little slow but with skills that suggest a future MVP. His ability to survive is what really sets him apart, even if he is not particularly athletic.
“Dream Horse” is a middle class drama. It’s not exactly a front runner, but horse movies and coming-of-age stories are rare. Colette tries to catch your tears instead of milking them. But her performance is very sweet and personable. She plays Jan as shy, serious, and more than a bit competitive. This woman has something special, her compassion, her vulnerability, her courage to stand up for those who have been counted, whether horse or human. It is a pleasure to see how she helps others and gives her friends the opportunity to take control of life while they still can.
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The film – and Colette – took a step and found a sense of rhythm. This resulted in an impressive display of a middle-aged woman finding her stand in spite of all odds, and brought her community back together after a decade of rough spots. “Dream Horse” is full of love for these people, but it is also in love with genre tropes. have i never seen this before? Moments. Do we really need that many assemblies? No Does the announcer strictly call the name of the alliance at the races? Yes. Does the last race end with a parade and a still image? Of course it does. What else do you expect from a movie called “Dream Horse”? [C+]
“Dream Horse” is in theaters now.