Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
2019, 96 minutes, R
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, Jason Mitchell
Distributor: Focus Features
Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.
“There is thought, feeling, strangeness and beauty in the first five seconds of The Mustang, and 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.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle