Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Published 7:43 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Brady Jandreau plays a fictionalized version of himself in the contemporary Western “The Rider.” Brady Jandreau plays a fictionalized version of himself in the contemporary Western “The Rider.” Photo: Sony Pictures Classics ‘The Rider,’ starring a real rodeo horseman, is a breath of fresh prairie air for Westerns 1 / 1 Back to Gallery “The Rider,” a marvelous film by Chloé Zhao, tells the story of rodeo horseman Brady Blackburn, who, after suffering a near-fatal head injury after being stepped on by a bucking bronco, must find his place within a world where the phrase “ride or die” takes on real, high-stakes meaning. Blackburn is played by Brady Jandreau, a real-life bronc rider who sustained similar injuries. After Zhao met him while researching another film, she decided to create a movie around him, lightly fictionalizing his story and casting other nonprofessionals – including Brady’s father and sister – in supporting roles. Filmed with widescreen grandeur on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, “The Rider” reinvigorates tropes from the Western genre of men, horses, honor codes and vast expanses of… Read full this story
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