The Rider (2017)
The Rider is a 2017 American contemporary western drama film written, produced and directed by Chloé Zhao and it's another gem coming from Nomadland's Director.
The film stars Brady Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lane Scott, and Cat Clifford and was shot in the Badlands of South Dakota. It premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017 where it won the Art Cinema Award.
The movie was critically praised for its story, performances, and its depiction of the people and events that influenced the film.
Brady (Brady Jandreau) lives with his dad Wayne (Tim Jandreau) and sister Lilly (Lilly Jandreau) in the Badlands of South Dakota. When a head injury threatens his rodeo career, Brady must decide whether to find a new way of life, or fight to get back to the rodeo.
The plot is based closely on Jandreau’s reality, as Zhao shot a story around a real injury. His lifelong friend Lane Scott (playing himself) was also victim to an even more devastating wound to the head. Yet the pair talk of little else but getting back to the rodeo. It’s how they define themselves: they are cowboys and that means, as another buddy puts it, that you “ride through the pain”.