The film’s title THE RIDER tells it all – what Chinese director Chloe Zhao’s film is all about. The film centres on a rodeo hopeful’s life after his dreams are dashed following a serious rodeo accident.
The audience sees the pain right at the very start when Brady Blackburn, a South Dakota cowboy (Brady Jandreau) manually takes off the medical staples from his wounds. The accident is seen from a video recording, the audience obviously spared the gore and blood.
Zhao emphasizes the claustrophobic life of Brady, despite having the open ranges. He lives with his…
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